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Wreck involving tanker truck prompts evacuation of Selma businesses

Posted October 1, 2013

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— Johnston County authorities had to evacuate several businesses after wreck Tuesday afternoon involving a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol.

The wreck happened after 1 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Ricks Road near Interstate 95. Several fast-food restaurants, as well as a BP gas station and Masters Inn hotel in the area.

Johnston County Fire Marshal Paul Whitehurst said things could have been much worse. Ethanol can be highly flammable, but only a small amount of it leaked, and the tank did not rupture.

"If something had happened, we would have been ready to where we could have attacked that problem, but, yes, we were very lucky," Whitehurst said.

The driver had only minor injuries and was expected to make a full recovery, he added.

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A spokeswoman with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said businesses within 500 feet of the wreck were evacuated as a precaution. It's unclear how many places were affected.

The area between U.S. Highway 301 and I-95 were temporarily closed while hazmat crews cleared the scene.

Authorities have not said what caused the wreck.


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  • LocalYokel Oct 2, 2013

    buckskin, Nowhere in the WRAL article is this wreck referred to as an "accident". There is a reason this truck filled with highly flammable liquid wrecked and ruptured so let's not pretend that it was an unavoidable "accident".

    It's an accident when you grab the prep-H instead of the toothpaste. It's a criminal negligence when a truck filled with ethanol ruptures in a highly populated area.

  • squicy31 Oct 1, 2013

    I was at McDonald's across the street when this happened. I'm so glad for my safety and everyone else's safety that there wasn't an explosion. That would've been horrible. I'm glad everyone's okay. When we was pulling out of McDonald's, a lot of people actually stopped and got out of their cars and tried to help the man. Faith in humanity. :) We would've stopped, we was concerned for that it might explode or something and we had my pregnant sister and young niece in the car. We didn't want to take that risk. But if I had been by myself, I would've helped. I hope the driver makes a full recovery. Have a great day, everyone.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Oct 1, 2013

    @buckskin, glad the driver is okay. The article stated so when I read it before posting so it wasn't a major concern of mine. That said, people can pretty much comment what they want on here regardless of the point of the article. Review some of @obamacare's posts. They're chock full of nonsense. Don't get so mad, most logical people here automatically hope for the wellbeing of the living breathing humans

  • buckskin022 Oct 1, 2013

    Update, driver will be ok, shook up and some bruising.

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  • Bumble Bee Oct 1, 2013

    My prayers for the driver and his family.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Oct 1, 2013

    @obamacare, you forgot to quote the Consumers Digest article you ripped that piece from. Plagiarize much? I couldn't help but google your post to see it's origin since it was WAY obvious your head would have popped off coming up with something that deep

  • baldchip Oct 1, 2013

    Yup-an reduces your gas mileage as well-not to mention what it does to your lawn mower of boat!! Hi-the alcohol destroys all the rubber seals over time!!

  • oleguy Oct 1, 2013

    ethanol,, Does not work,,, ruins engines and components, reduces fuel mileage, Increased the cost of feed, which increased the cost of food,,, WHO WON, Not the consumer

  • buckskin022 Oct 1, 2013

    My husband works with this driver, no he's not ok for those that care. Prayers to him and his family