A truck driver was hurt and a fuel tank was ruptured when a tractor-trailer went off a Tioga County.road and ended up in a ditch.

Heavy-duty wreckers were used to lift the truck out of a ditch. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The crash happened in Apalachin late Wednesday morning on Pennsylvania Avenue south of Rhodes Road.

Traffic was stopped in both directions for about 15 minutes while the damaged truck was lifted back onto the road. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Witnesses say the driver of the rig appeared dazed after he extricated himself from the wrecked cab. He told them he didn't know what happened. The northbound truck veered across the center line, coming to rest in the ditch.

The man was bleeding from the face and was holding his side in pain. He was taken to a hospital but his condition was not known.

The crash happened near the home of Richard and Carol Caforio. They were inside their house when they heard a "big bang."

A state Department of Environmental Conservation Spill Response unit was sent to the scene because of some diesel fuel spilled into the ditch.

A DEC worker at the scene declined comment on the spill, referring questions to the agency's Albany office.

Two heavy-duty wreckers lifted the damaged truck out of the ditch around 2 p.m. Traffic was backed up a considerable distance in both directions while crews worked to move the cab and empty trailer.

Workers inspecting an area where diesel fuel spilled after the crash. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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