Dozens of residents are now being allowed to return home after they had to be evacuated for more than 8 hours after a tanker carrying ethanol overturned in Mt. Pleasant in Cabarrus County early Tuesday afternoon.
The spill happened at the intersection of Highway 49 and Lentz Harness Shop Road, according to Cabarrus County Emergency Management. Officials caution residents that Highway 49 will remain closed in that area until the investigation is complete.
🛑Fire personnel are on scene of an active fuel spill at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Lentz Harness Shop Rd. (1/2)— Cabarrus County NC (@CabarrusCounty) August 8, 2017
Residents within a half mile of the spill were told to evacuate. About 26 households were affected. A temporary shelter was set up at the Senior Center, 8615 Park Dr.
Route away from Hwy 49 and Lentz Hardness Shop Rd. Evacuate within a half mile of the spill. Temp shelter at Sr Center, 8615 Park Dr. (2/2)— Cabarrus County NC (@CabarrusCounty) August 8, 2017
Cabarrus County EMA says the tanker holds roughly 8.000 gallons of ethanol. It's unclear how much fuel actually spilled out onto the roadway. Crews have stopped the leak and have offloaded the remaining ethanol that was in the tanker. Officials say there is no longer a hazard in the half-mile radius around the accident scene. Officials expect traffic on Highway 49 to be affected throughout the night.
The driver of the tanker was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to officials. The Highway Patrol tells Fox 46 Charlotte the driver was cited for failure to maintain lanes.
Northeast Fire Department is handling the situation, along with support from Cabarrus County Emergency Management, Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office, Cabarrus County EMS, Cabarrus County Squad 410, Concord Hazmat, Georgeville Volunteer Fire Department, Harrisburg Fire Department, Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, and Cold Water Volunteer Fire Department.