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Part of Southbound I-95 Near Fayetteville Reopens

Posted March 17, 2007

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— Officials opened one of two southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Robeson County Saturday, one day after a tractor-trailer overturned and shut down all lanes of traffic as fuel leaked from the truck.

A fuel tanker carrying gasoline overturned about 9 a.m. Friday morning, spilling 8,700 gallons of gasoline and shutting down both lanes of the highway between mile markers 41 and 33 near the Robeson-Cumberland county line.

The state Department of Transportation expects the other southbound lane between mile markers 41 and 33 will remain closed most of Saturday as crews clean up the fuel spill. The DOT said heavy delays are expected in the area.

The northbound lanes reopened Friday afternoon.

Both northbound and southbound lanes were closed for most of Friday, causing traffic headaches for motorists.

Motorists traveling in the area can expect delays. Southbound traffic can take 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 southbound I-95 at exit 33.

Tanker trucks arrived at the scene Friday afternoon to begin pumping fuel from a nearby swamp, and hazmat crews worked to contain the spill.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident that occurred around 9 a.m. Friday south of Fayetteville near St. Pauls.

The driver of the truck, Clifford Sandoval, 41, of Wilson, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, state Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin said.


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  • memaofsix Mar 18, 2007

    to Freckles and others that have been sincerely concerned for the Sandavol family...I thank you and will remember each of you in prayer also. He is my brother-in-law and is a very special man in his own rights, and has a very loving wife. He is improving by the hour and is in very good spirits. To the others who have shot off their "mouths" about someone they do not know and probably ever will, I hope you can justify your actions before God one day. This man and his family has not deserved any of the comments that have been said. I sincerely hope that you never have to experience what my family and his family has been going through since Friday morning. We have several organizations praying and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he would not be here if not for the prayers. Again thanks to the concerned ones and shame on the ignorant people that think only of themselves!!

  • jenpar Mar 18, 2007

    (At Work)...do you honestly think that one gas tanker is the reason that gas prices go up? I mean give me a break one tanker overturning is not going to make the WHOLE united states gas go up...are you really that naive? It's selfish people like you who don't care that a human being's life is WAY more important than losing a couple thousands gallons of gas. I bet that if it was someone that you really cared about driving that tanker that you would think twice before you made a stupid comment like that. Quit complaining about gas prices they have gone up and down for a long time now and it's not going to change. If you are really that mad about the prices being so high then why don't you invest in a bike it will be a whole lot cheaper for you!

  • freckles Mar 17, 2007

    oh please, if you follow gas prices they go up every spring/summer season, have some compasion

  • At Work Mar 17, 2007

    Another reason for our gas prices to go up!