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Part of I-95 Closed Until Saturday After Gasoline Spill

Posted March 16, 2007

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— Part of Interstate 95 near Fayetteville will remain closed until at least mid-morning Saturday after a fuel tanker carrying gasoline overturned Friday morning, spilling about 8,700 gallons of fuel into a nearby swamp.

The accident happened at about 9 a.m. when the truck ran off the road north of St. Pauls into Little Marsh Swamp near the Robeson-Cumberland county line, authorities said.

"The driver experienced some health problems, and he blacked out," said Sgt. Joel Stiles of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. "(He has) no recollection of the crash itself."

The driver of the truck, Clifford Julian Sandoval, 41, of Wilson, was recently diagnosed with diabetes, authorities said.

Sandoval was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton and then transported to Duke University Hospital to be treated for a cracked sternum.

Firefighters used a chemical foam on the truck to keep it from catching fire, emergency officials said.

Hazmat crews put containment booms around the spill and used foam pads to soak up the fuel on the ground and in the swamp.

"Some people are going downstream, surveying the creek to get a good idea of how far out (the spill) is," said Ben Major of the Fayetteville Fire Department.

Four tanker trucks arrived at the scene Friday afternoon to begin pumping fuel from the swamp.

Both northbound and southbound lanes were completely shut down at mile markers 33-34 south of Fayetteville for part of the day, and at one point, backups were reported for about eight miles.

Northbound lanes reopened late Friday afternoon.

Drivers tried to make the best of the situation. A cheerleading squad practiced moves in the empty northbound lanes of I-95, and driver Elisa Wright said she pulled out some work to keep her busy.

"Fortunately, I was able to get some work done," Wright said.

State transportation officials urged motorists to avoid the area if possible and were rerouting southbound vehicles to the following detour:

  • Take exit 41. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto N.C. 59 until U.S. 301. Take a right onto U.S. 301 south and follow this back to soundbound I-95 at exit 33.

According to the Highway Patrol, the fuel tanker that crashed is owned by Reliable Tank Lines based out of Winston-Salem.

Charges are pending in the wreck, authorities said.

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  • jenkirb Mar 18, 2007

    UPDATE--He is awake, breathing on his own, fully aware of his injurues and in good spirits. They are planning to move him from the ICU to a step down unit later today and say at the rate he is going he could be home as early as next weekend! Thanks for all your prayers!

  • jenkirb Mar 17, 2007

    Freckles (and the few others who have come to his defense), Thank you! The family has been apalled by the postings. I can't beleive people are so wooried about the small things! You would think after 9/11 everyone would realize it's not about the small things. The things that pale in comparison to seeing the pictures and video of an Tragedy like the twin towers or an accident like this! For one minute, forget that gas is so high, and a few animals might die. Go back, look at the video and imagine...speeding or medical condition (whatever the case) just imagine that your husband, brother, son, beloved was sitting in that driver's seat, would you want to be me or my family reading these things? Stop for one minute and place your heart in our chest then you may find yourself on your knees praying for us insteading of assuming the worse about a man you don't know.

  • freckles Mar 17, 2007

    ---ALMOST DONE, I LOVE ENVIRONMENT, CAMPING, FISHING, ETC, BUT I AM SORRY, BUT HUMAN LIFE ETC COMES FIRST, SO DOES OUR TRANSPO THERE, THIS WAS A PURE ACCIDENT, NOT VALDEZ, NOT THE IDIOT WHO RAN HIS TANKER AGROUND WHO WAS DRUNK AT THE TIME, ( I LIVED THERE AT THE TIME), GET OFF IS BACK AND GET A LIFE
    RAILWAYS, PLEASE, GO AHEAD, PUT MORE CRAP IN THE ATMOSPHERE.

    I THINK, SINCERELY HOPE I AM DONE, TO HIS FAMILY, I WISH ONLY THE BEST FOR HIM AND FOR YOU, YOU HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF YOU, GOOD LUCK, PLEASE POST ME UPDATES OR A MESSAGE AND I WILL GIVE YOU MY EMAIL, I AM SINCERELY CONCERNED ABOUT HIM, HE HAS NOT DESERVED ANY OF THIS NEGATIVITY. TRUCKERS HAVE AN IMENSE RESPECT FROM ME AND MY FAMILY, PLEASE LET HIM AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY WE ARE THINKING OF HIM

  • freckles Mar 17, 2007

    ------ THAT PEOPLE DO NOT READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE, OR FORGET IT THE MINUTE THEY FORGET IT, OR MAYBE THEY JUST WANT TO BLOW SOMEONE OUT, NO WHERE DID IT SAY SPEED WAS A FACTOR, COME ON GIVE THE MAN A BREAK . . . . . . . REMEMBER THIS IS A WONDERFUL COUNTRY INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN QUILTY I AM NOT SEEING A WHOLE LOT OF THAT, EXCEPT FROM INTERCEPT (THANK YOU) MR FEELGOOD, (THANKS) NO THEY DO NOT RUSH TO KEEP A TIME SCHEDULE, THAT I KNOW FROM FIRST HAND, I KNOW HOW MANY GAS TRUCKS I HAVE CHECKED IN LATE

  • freckles Mar 17, 2007

    recently diagnosed diabetes takes some time to get under control
    -- I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW PEOPLE CAN BE SO QUICK TO BLAME AND NOT LOOK FOR ANSWERSM FIRST, AND YES THERE ARE TYPOS, BECAUSE I AM ANGRY AT THE RESPONSE AND THE WAY YOU HAVE RESPONDED TO THIS MAN---
    ---IT SEEMS

  • freckles Mar 17, 2007

    ---INJURIES this poor man was injured, he was at two hospitals, an now as the family posts he is now in ICU at DUKE, THIS FAMILY IS SUFFERING IN A WAY, THAT I HOPE NONE OF YOU EVER DOES
    --- THE MAJORITY OF YOU ASSUMED SPEED, DRINKING, ETC SHAME ON YOU a c RACKED STERNUM OW OW OW, I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE TWO AIR BAGS DEPLOY INTO YOU CHECST, 4 MONTHS TO RECOVER, CHEST AND BACK PAIN IS UNBEARABLE.
    --- as the article said he blacked out prior to accident, and it never said why, only a known medical condition, does anyone know how fast a diabetes blackout can come upon you, or you can slip into a diabetes coma, how fast your blood sugar can drop, I do, I have had to call 911, because , my bosses would and people would just leave him there finish the conferece and then leave and say we can understand him he makes no sense and walk out
    --more coming

  • freckles Mar 17, 2007

    ---ARTICLE STATED NEAR ROBESON/CUMBERLAND CNTY LINE
    ---- MM 33-34 LANES were shut down as to the MAP ILLISTATION MM 28-29 THESE ARE CONSTANTLY WRONG I have been using online maps for at least 7 years map creators by the way, put in errors on purporse as an added little benifit so they know it is there I guess their own little prank nothing in the article said it happened at either mm reference
    -- as for the little duckies HAZMAT AND ENVIRONMENTAL CREWS WERE ON SITE PER ARTICLE
    -NEXT POST COMING

  • freckles Mar 17, 2007

    ok, I am ready to start posting again, so go ahead and give me the nasty comments, because I am more than ready for them, and to his family, I wish him the best, I have been in the hospital in a drug induced coma. I am very very sorry for you and for his situation.
    -- Article stated ABOUT 8700 gallons NOT a definete 8500 gallons, my bad, I don't know how much a tanker carries, i will find out from at least 4 sources and will remember, I work for a gas station and I will not forget.

    NEXT POST TO FOLLOW

  • noahsmama Mar 17, 2007

    I think everyone needs to grow up and stop thinking about themselves and worry about this man's life. We should be thankful that men like himself risk his life caring fuel around for us. My neighbor's niece is so upset that his happen because it was only two weeks ago they were all at a movie and today he is fighting for this life. Dont sit there and try to make this out to be his fault. This is a caring man and something went wrong. Yes he was hauling gas however we can be in a car accident and kill someone and comments wouldn't be this bad. He did more harm to himself than anyone else. He now has to worry about his health and his family. I hope that you all will stop and think about how you are all acting like children and say a pray for this family and his medical condition. Grow up! To Mr. Cliff's family I am sorry! God Bless our community!

  • Chemgrad Mar 17, 2007

    Hey happyday trains haven't run on coal for over fifty years. Current locomotives are diesel electric and therefore they burn the same fuel as semis. You really need to do some research before you make comments that way your complete lack of knowledge on the subject wouldn't be so obvious.

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