Reverse 911 used to help alert homeowners near I-26 spill

By Ava

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) Daylight shed more light on an early Saturday morning accident on east bound I-26 near Jedburg.

"The tractor trailer was traveling too fast for conditions and struck the rear end of the car causing them both to exit the roadway to the right. The tractor trailer overturned, the cab of the trailer became disconnected from the tanker and ended up spilling gasoline off the right side of the roadway," said Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant.

Wyant said the tractor trailer was carrying 8,700 gallons of diesel fuel. The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to MUSC and was issued a ticket for driving too fast for conditions.

"DOT is on scene they are assessing that damage, there was some gouges due to the over turn of the tractor trailer in the roadway, so those will be fixed prior to opening up the interstate," said Wyant.{}

Wyant confirmed no diesel actually spilled on to the roadway, but other precautions were taken.

"We laid out a foam blanket to suppress any vapors of the product that has spilled, working closely with the environmental company that has been contracted to pick the product of that has spilled," said Summerville Fire Battalion Chief Rodney Profit. He said their hazmat team was called to the accident at four am. He said the area where the accident took place is mostly rural but they used reverse 9-11 to alert neighbors of the spill.

"We asked them just to stay in place, don't turn anything on, don't smoke a cigarette outside, don't start your automobile because of that possible ignition source," said Profit.

Profit says a Vac truck was used to pick up the fuel spilled on the surface.

"They will start to excavate the dirt and the earth in that area to get any other product that's there. they will be working with DHEC to make sure the soil sample is in limits," said Profit.


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