A stretch of U.S. Highway 301 south of Statesboro was shut down Monday after crews spent nearly 12 hours cleaning up wreckage and thousands of gallons of spilled gasoline.
A tanker truck and a pickup crashed into another truck Sunday night just north of Georgia Highway 46. None of the drivers were critically injured, but three people from the vehicles were taken to the hospital.
Deputies said the tanker involved in the wreck overturned, causing the tank to rupture in several places, spilling part of its load.
Bulloch County Fire Chief Chris Ivey said the tanker was carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline at the time. Ivey estimated 3,500 gallons leaked onto the road, the bridge and some even made it into nearby Lotts Creek.
Crews worked overnight into Monday morning to try to transfer the remaining fuel out of the overturned tanker into another and patch the holes before it was lifted upright.
The highway was closed between Hwy 46 and Langston Chapel Road until 8:45 a.m. By daylight, an environmental cleanup crew began work to contain the fuel in the creek using lines of absorbant material that makes a wall on the water's surface.
The Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring the cleanup. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the crash.
Monday, May 20 2013 11:58 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:58:50 GMT
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