Long-term damage possible at site of gas spill

Long-term damage possible at site of gas spill

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 1:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Authorities are still working to determine whether there will be any long-term damage after a tanker truck overturned on the Brookshire Freeway on Saturday morning.

The tanker was carrying about 8,500 gallons of gasoline when it overturned, spilling as much as 400 gallons near Beatties Ford Road.

Workers used inflatable pools to catch leaking gas, and used absorbent material to try to mop up what spilled on the ground.

The Environmental Protection Agency has been notified about the potential that some gas may have spilled into nearby water.

The Brookshire Freeway was closed in both directions for more than seven hours on Saturday for clean up.

The driver of the tanker was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he was treated and released, according to the transport company, Waccamaw Transport.

Clean up will continue for a few days, as the environmental company will have to dig up the gasoline-soaked dirt around the crash site and dispose of it.

The cause of the wreck is still under investigation.
 

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