Posted December 15, 1997
APEX — Residents of the Haddon Hall subdivision have been allowed back home after clean-up of a propane tanker wreck. The possibility of explosion led officials to evacuate their neighborhood.
Resident Maura Cunningham says after neighbors realized the severity of what could happen, they took the situation seriously.
It took approximately 14 hours for emergency workers to pump explosive propane out of the tanker, and to reopen the affected section of Highway 55.
The accident happened around 6 p.m. near the intersection of Highways 64 and 55. The truck ran off of a newly-paved portion of the road and turned over when Danny Wright tried to get back on the highway. He was not seriously injured.
However, Wright says the reason he crashed was because he was unaware the road was about to narrow. DOT officials say they know nothing about the lack of a sign in the area. Cunningham believes Wright's observation is right.
Cunningham's husband, Dennis, is surprised there hasn't been an accident before now. He says it's so dark, you'd never know you were about to go off the road.