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Tanker Crash Kills Driver, Spills Methanol

Posted April 22, 2008 10:23 p.m. EDT
Updated April 23, 2008 2:07 p.m. EDT

— A fatal tanker truck accident in Cumberland County spilled more than 1,000 gallons of a flammable liquid Tuesday.

The truck flipped over Tuesday afternoon as it turned onto Old Wilmington Road from N.C. Highway 87.

The driver 46-year-old Tonya Register, of Oak Island, died at the hospital.

The Tidewater Transit truck was hauling methanol, which is used in racing fuels.

Firefighters sprayed foam on the spill and said it didn’t pose an environmental threat.

Traffic near the crash site was backed up for hours while the spill was cleaned up.