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Fatal Accident Results in Fuel Spill near Princeton

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A woman was killed Tuesday when her car collided with a fuel tanker. This is all that's left of her blue Oldsmobile.
PRINCETON — At about 7:20 Tuesday morning, a SevenSprings woman in ablue Oldsmobile pulled out from a side road onto US Highway 70, hit amud-filled pothole, lost control, and collided with a tanker truckcarrying 7,900 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel. The tanker overturned in thedriver's effort to avoid hitting the car.

At top left is all that's left of 61-year-old Dorothy Gansheimer's car.She was killed instantly. Princeton firefighter Ken Starling said at noonthat the woman's body was still in the vehicle.

The tanker, which belongs to Kenan Transport of Chapel Hill, spilledits cargo, and the road was closed until crewscan clean the roadway. That was expected to be completed by 2 p.m. ThePrinceton fire marshal said there was no evidence of environmental damagecaused by the spill.

Area residents Glenn Grice says a constructionzone in the area has contributed to a series of accidents and near-missesin the past three years.

Trucks are frequently entering the road in a section near a curve.Motorists on Highway 70 often don't anticipate the slow trucks in theirpath.

Heavy fog is believed to have been a contributing factor in Tuesday'saccident. There was only a quarter-mile visibility at that time.

Photographer:Keith Baker

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