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Fuel tanker overturns

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Cleanup: Area HAZMAT teams clean up the diesel fuel spilling from an overturned tanker truck. The Freightliner crashed just two miles north of Hardy. Photo/Submitted
HAZMAT teams deal with diesel fuel spill

A tanker truck overturning two miles north of Hardy Aug. 7 led to Highway 63 being closed for over an hour as HAZMAT teams dealt with a diesel spill.

Stephon LeMay, 34, of Wynne was driving the 2000 Freightliner north on U.S. Highway 63 when he ran off the side of the roadway, authorities said. The truck, which belonged to MFA Oil of Columbia, Mo., carried 7,200 gallons of diesel fuel, Salem Fire Chief Heath Everett said.

"When we left Salem, we called Walnut Ridge HAZMAT for assistance," Everett said.

When they arrived the truck was on its side. Fluids leaked through a manhole on the top of the truck and a vent onto the ground into the ditch line, Everett said.

"We started to build manmade dams to collect the diesel," Everett said. "We started to plug up the leak then."

"We were almost finished when Walnut Ridge HAZMAT got there," Everett said. "They used their equipment to plug it off."

Everett said the teams waited an hour and a half for another truck to come from Walnut Ridge to pump the diesel from the tank.

"They were able to salvage 3,700 gallons," Everett said.

Lynn's Wrecker Service of Salem towed the truck from the scene. All fuel had been removed from the tanker before it was moved.

LeMay was taken to Fulton County Hospital for minor injuries and released. He was charged with careless driving in the incident.

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