CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A tanker truck overturned early Wednesday afternoon on Mount Holly Road near Interstate 485 in west Charlotte, fire officials said, spilling gasoline across the roadway.
Hazmat teams responded to the scene and said the tanker was carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline when it crashed.
“It is affecting environmental areas such as storm drains and the ground itself. So right now, hazmat teams are on scene along with the EPA,” Charlotte Fire Capt. Jackie Gilmore said.
Firefighters could not tell exactly how much gasoline spilled from the truck, but they used large amounts of foam in an effort to keep the fumes from spreading
Chopper 9 Skyzoom was over the wreck, and fluids could be seen flowing from the 18-wheeler, which was on its side.
Mount Holly Road near the interstate and the ramp to NC-27 remained closed for nearly seven hours while crews worked to clear the area.
People who worked in the area nearby were surprised by the overturned tanker, but not at the location of the crash.
“It seems like there’s a wreck here once a month. My daughter has had two accidents here on both sides of 485,” worker T.R. Young said.