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Hazmat Crews Spend Hours Cleaning Up After Tanker Truck Overturns

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Jun 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:28:42-04

DICKSON, Tenn. – Hazmat crews in Dickson county worked into the night to cleanup thousands of gallons of gasoline spilled after a tanker truck overturned in Dickson Tuesday.

Around 2,400 gallons of gasoline was spilled into a residential area.

The accident happened near the intersection of East Railroad Street and Wade Avenue.

Officials believe the tanker was led down the wrong road by a GPS system. The driver was attempting to make a tight turn when he hit the ditch row and overturned.

When officials arrived on the scene the truck was leaking fuel.

Residents within 1000 feet around the scene were evacuated including an apartment complex and some homes. Officials say less than 100 people were affected.

An emergency shelter was set up by the Red Cross at the Walnut Street Church of Christ.

The trucking company sent in another tanker to off load the remaining fuel. Crews were having to  drill a hole into the wrecked tanker. Rob Fisher with Dickson County Emergency Management said that was the most dangerous part of the cleanup.

Fire crews were on hand to spread a foam on the spilled gasoline to suppress dangerous vapors.  

The spill did not contaminated any nearby storm drains.

The truck was carrying around 6,000 gallons and gasoline and 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel.