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Tanker Crash Kills Driver, Spills Methanol

Posted April 22, 2008
Updated April 23, 2008

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— A fatal tanker truck accident in Cumberland County spilled more than 1,000 gallons of a flammable liquid Tuesday.

The truck flipped over Tuesday afternoon as it turned onto Old Wilmington Road from N.C. Highway 87.

The driver 46-year-old Tonya Register, of Oak Island, died at the hospital.

The Tidewater Transit truck was hauling methanol, which is used in racing fuels.

Firefighters sprayed foam on the spill and said it didn’t pose an environmental threat.

Traffic near the crash site was backed up for hours while the spill was cleaned up.

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  • mrkagain Apr 23, 2008

    "Interesting...the assumption is always that the trucker is a male. Surprising indeed"

    Men are still the great majority of truckers, but sitting down in our little cars, most of us never look up into the cab of a tractor. If you did, you'd be surprised at how many women you see driving.

  • mrkagain Apr 23, 2008

    Methanol is not bad if you don't drink it, and don't ignite it. It evaporates pretty rapidly. There is always overkill on environmental clean ups - they always take a shotgun to a mosquito. That's better than no attention at all, of course. I used to work at the site concerned with this incidint. Women have been hauling out of there for various common carriers for over twenty years. I'm sorry for the woman and her family of course, but there is nothing particularly unusual in this story.

  • Adelinthe Apr 23, 2008

    "rev it was a woman driveing the truck"

    Thanks for the update.

    Praying for her loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • hollylama Apr 23, 2008

    Interesting...the assumption is always that the trucker is a male. Surprising indeed.

  • garnertoy Apr 23, 2008

    rev it was a woman driveing the truck

  • Adelinthe Apr 23, 2008

    Right now I'm not caring how much this fuel costs at the track, or even the environmental risk which was lessened by the type of foam they used.

    Right now I'm praying for the soul of this man and for the pain being experienced by his loved ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • BLOCKHEAD SQUARED Apr 23, 2008

    From the Methanol MSDS:

    Environmental:
    Dangerous to aquatic life in high concentrations. Aquatic toxicity rating: >1000 ppm. May be dangerous if it enters water intakes. Methyl alcohol is expected to biodegrade in soil and water very rapidly.

    NFPA Rating: (estimated) Health: 1

    Clean Water Act:
    None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Hazardous Substances under the CWA. None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Priority Pollutants under the CWA. None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Toxic Pollutants under the CWA.

  • Z Man Apr 23, 2008

    How can 1,000 gallons of methanol NOT pose an environmental threat?

  • garnertoy Apr 23, 2008

    a lot of truck wrecks lately

  • Racer Apr 23, 2008

    Fuel is already $7/gallon at the track, does this mean it will be even more??? It is beginning to cost too much to even go to a local race.