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Hundreds Return Home After Overturned Tanker Forces Evacuations In Wilson

Posted November 18, 2003

— About 300 Wilson residents are back in their homes after an overturned tanker truck carrying hazardous materials forced evacuations late Monday night.

Officials said an 18-wheeler overturned around 11 p.m. along Herring Avenue at London Church Road.

Residents within a 1000-foot radius were evacuated as a precaution after some fuel spilled from the truck.

"Anytime you are dealing with flammable materials there is the potential for a hazardous situation," said Lt. Tad Shelton of the Wilson Police Department.

The truck overturned under a power line and electricity in the area was shut off as a precaution.

Police said the truck's tires came off as the driver was backing up to deliver its full load.

"Its tires slipped off into a ditch and the vehicle overturned onto its passenger side," Shelton said.

Fuel from the 18-wheeler tanker was tranferred to another truck. The road reopened at 7 a.m.

About 65 people, including residents of an assisted living center, spent the night at a Red Cross Shelter set up at Fike High School.

The driver was not injured. Police are calling it an accident and the driver has not been charged.

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