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Overturned fuel truck shuts down Decatur intersection

Highway 67 was expected to have delays in traffic as crews cleaned up the wreck.

Posted: May 10, 2018 3:32 PM
Updated: May 11, 2018 12:19 AM

A fuel truck, containing diesel and regular gasoline, overturned Thursday afternoon at a Decatur intersection, shutting down two businesses and blocking traffic in the area.

The wreck happened at Indian Hills and Upper River roads around 2:30 p.m..  Officials told WAAY 31 the driver of the fuel tanker missed his turn while traveling down Highway 67.  In an attempt to circle back around, he turned down the narrow two lane street, cut his wheel too short and the back tires went into the ditch causing the tanker to land on its top. 

The driver did make it out safely, but the wreck caused a big headache including spilling fuel into a nearby ditch, temporarily shutting down two businesses [Publix and Taco Bell at Point Mallard Centre] and blocking off multiple streets. 

People, who live within a half mile radius of the wreck, were also evacuated as crews removed the remaining fuel from the tanker; before flipping it over.  

Environmental cleanup crews were able to cover up and contain the contaminated soil as well as reopen the roads by 10:30 p.m..  They are expected to return to the site in the coming days to dig up and remove the polluted soil.

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