North Carolina Firefighters Respond to Overturned Tanker

Just before 5:30 pm on Oct. 2, the Charlotte, NC, Fire Department was called to service for reports of a motor vehicle crash involving a fuel tanker truck at the intersection of Old Mt Holly Road and Craig Street.

The first firefighters on scene confirmed a tanker truck with 9,000 gallons of gasoline had crashed and came to rest on its side.

Firefighters were able to quickly treat the truck driver who had escaped the damaged vehicle on his own. He declined transport to a hospital and was cooperating with Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officers to determine the cause of this incident.

By 7:00 pm, the Charlotte Fire Department Hazmat Team began the transfer process of removing fuel from the damaged tanker to another tanker that was brought to the scene. No injuries were reported and by 11:00 pm the Charlotte Fire Department operations were complete. A total of five engines, one ladder, four tankers, one rescue and several chiefs responded.

Officials estimated less than 100 gallons of gasoline leaked from the damaged tanker and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) officials described the damage to the environment as minimal.

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