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Fuel spills as trucks collide

About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a small creek Saturday after a wreck involving two trucks.
The wreck happened at about 9:30 a.m. on N.C. 27 East near Chuckwagon Grill, said Susan Spake, director of Lincoln County Emergency Managment.
An empty tanker truck was traveling east on N.C. 27, Spake said. Heavy rain led to slippery roads, and the truck slid off the road into the right ditch.
A truck following the tanker tried to avoid the accident but ended up sideswiping the tanker, Spake said.
It flipped “end over end” and jumped the creek, landing on its side, she said.
No one was seriously injured in the wreck, but about 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the dry creek bed, Spake said.
Since the rain was so heavy, the majority of the diesel dissipated and flowed downstream quickly, she said.
Emergency crews went to Keener Road to access the creek and placed river booms in the water. The booms catch the hydrocarbon that floats on top of the water.
The diesel spill poses no threat to residents, Spake said.
“At no time was anybody in danger,” she said. “The dilution factor was so great.”
Residents around the creek will probably smell the diesel fuelfor several days, she said.
Officials in Stanley were notified of the spill since the creek empties into their water supply.
N.C. 27 East was completely closed down and traffic diverted until about noon while crews worked to clean up the wreckage.
Spake said that because of the frequency of wrecks in this section of N.C. 27, she has contacted the North Carolina Department of Transportation to do a study of the area.
The speed limit is 45 mph.
“We just keep having this repeat problem with these trucks in that curb,” she said.
In August 2003, a Rutherford County man was killed when a tractor trailer collided with his truck.
The tractor trailer was carrying about 50,000 pounds of polyethylene pellets, which spilled upon impact. The material was not hazardous.
The wreck shut down N.C. 27 from about 5:40 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.by Alice Smith

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