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Driver Still Hospitalized in Johnston County Tanker Wreck

Posted February 22, 2008 8:23 a.m. EST
Updated February 23, 2008 5:29 p.m. EST

— A fully loaded gasoline tanker overturned on Dunn Road near Branch Chapel Road in Johnston County Friday morning, sending the driver to WakeMed after extrication from his rig and bringing environmental crews to capture leaking fuel.

Kevin McCauley, 38, of Raleigh was pinned inside the wreck until emergency crews could free him. He was taken to WakeMed, and was listed in fair condition Saturday evening.

Multiple emergency crews responded, the Selma Fire Department's Foam Unit sprayed two large leaks in the tanker.

State troopers said they would charge McCauley with driving too fast for conditions. He lost control of the tanker as it rounded a curve and it rolled into a field, they said.

The tanker had just filled up before the crash, troopers said. Emergency crews estimated that about half its load had spilled. Environmental workers pumped the remaining gasoline from the tanks and tried to recover the portion that ran out.

Eighteen-wheel tankers usually can carry approximately 8,800 gallons of gasoline.

Because the accident happened on a rural road, it did not have a major traffic impact during the morning commute.