Patrol Officer George Horton, who suffered a head injury, remains in critical condition Saturday at UNC Hospitals.
The driver of the tanker was uninjured, and the occupants of the van were not admitted to the hospital.
The accident took place at Royall Avenue and North Jefferson Street.
Police sealed off the intersection in case of a fuel leak, and over 30 firefighters responded.
The Hazmat team from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Wayne County Emergency Services both responded.
People in nearby businesses were evacuated. The scent of fuel filled the air up to a block away.
Horton was responding to a residential burglary alarm.
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