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U.S. Highway 70 in Selma reopens

Posted August 18, 2010

— U.S. Highway 70 in Selma closed in both directions for more than four hours Wednesday near Buffalo Road and West Oak Street when a propane truck overturned.

The driver took a turn too quickly and the truck overturned just after 6 p.m., Selma Fire Chief Phillip McDaniel said.

The truck's tanker was carrying around 9,000 gallons of propane. A small amount leaked from the truck at a valve.

As a precaution, nearly a 3-mile stretch of the highway was shutdown and railroad traffic was also halted in the area.

"The truck is laying 20 feet from the tracks," McDaniel explained of why the railroad was affected.

Waccamaw Transport, the owners of the truck, transferred the propane into another tanker and the road reopened at about 10:15 p.m.

The truck driver wasn't injured.

"This is very unfortunate, but when a man can walk away and go to his family, that is the most important thing to us,” said Danny Page, vice president of Waccamaw Transport.

The truck driver’s name was not released. It was not known yet whether he will face charges.


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  • Mugu Aug 24, 2010

    Someone is making rather grand assumption... if a truck driver is at fault and causes injury, they should lose their CDL for life.

  • Mucho Frio Aug 19, 2010

    Truck drivers need "special punishment"??? "go to prison"???
    Mighty harsh words from someone who hasn't a clue as to how to drive a vehicle larger than an SUV!!! Why not put the MORONS who drive stupid around trucks in jail when they cut trucks off to get to Mc'Donalds or pull out in front of trucks just to make a left turn..
    Yes the driver of the Waccamaw truck screwed up no excuse but put that driver in "prison" is just out and out ignorant!!!

  • Mugu Aug 19, 2010

    It is mostly the truck drivers... and when they screw up, it is a lot worse than cars. These guys need special punishment. Speed while driving a tanker, go to jail... drive recklessly, go to prison.

  • Dani61482 Aug 19, 2010

    Its not just the truck drivers.. its all the others on the road that do not respect them. Each party needs to give and take. Pulling out infront of a truck is stupid and if it results in an accident where the person in the other vehicle is injured, well they shouldnt have pulled out! Also, I have seen propane trucks drive safely, my father was a driver for about 20 years, and he came home safe every night and never once had an accident. I trust many of the drivers out there (including my husband, and several friends). Yes, some drivers do take turns a little fast, and drive a little crazy, but at the same time there are many more that are safe! Other drivers dont give enough room for these big trucks! The bar has been set and there are a lot of rules that you may not be familiar with, but in the end, everyone needs to be responsible. The blame can not be put just on the truck drivers. I can talk about several people that drive ordinary cars that do not need a license.

  • kre2208 Aug 19, 2010

    It is not just propane trucks, it is all the tanker trucks that use the refiner (actually a distribution point). Every death associated to the intersection involves tankers (with the other vehicle getting the worst of it). I don't know where they get these individuals; but, they need to set the bar a little bit higher.

  • Lickad Aug 18, 2010

    Have you ever seen a propane truck drive safely? I haven't... I hope this is a wake up call.