Fuel Tanker Overturns in Lexington - DatelineCarolina

Overturned Fuel Tanker Shuts Down Busy Lexington Intersection


By: Benjamin Salton

An overturned fuel tanker that closed a busy intersection early Tuesday morning has been cleaned up in Lexington.

The truck flipped at the corner of highways 378 and 6. The wreck spilled over 400 gallons of gasoline. Traffic was diverted around the spill and the roads were finally reopened around 7:30 p.m. 

Emergency crews contained the gas spillage.  Before the crews could move the truck a special cleanup crew had to come from Spartanburg to drain any remaining gas from the truck.

"As long as there are no sparks, we're in good shape," Lexington Fire Marshall Robert Risinger said.  "They cut the electricity to the tanker itself, so keeping the area clean and clear and making sure no one goes down there are no sparks.

Some businesses in the area closed because of the spill including a nearby Food Lion.  Other local businesses stayed open and provided the cleanup crews with food and drink.

Lexington Middle School, only a block away from the accident, remained open.

"The school is very safe, the kids are fine," Mary Beth Hill of Lexington District 1 said.  "They've got access to food, bathrooms, anything that they need.  Class is going on as normal, winds are going away from the school so we are in good shape."

DHEC spokesman Jim Beasley said the spill appeared to have a very minimal impact to the environment.

Police say the driver of the truck was uninjured and walked away.

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