TANKER ACCIDENT SHUTS DOWN HWY. 441 ON Christmas Day

A tanker truck rollover on Christmas Day shut down Hwy. 441 and led to several homes being evacuated. On December 25, at 8:24 p.m., Banks County Fire/EMS responded to 2519 Hwy. 441 North, near Berlin Road, Homer, on a reported vehicle accident involving a tanker truck rollover. Upon arrival, public safety workers found a single-vehicle accident, a gasoline tanker, that had left the roadway and rolled over in the drainage ditch along Hwy. 441. The highway, both north and south bound, was shut down during the entire operation. The tanker was hauling 9,000 gallons of gasoline and had ruptured during the accident. A total of 4,000 gallons was discharged and was running down the drainage system along Hwy. 441. The driver of the tractor trailer was treated on the scene and transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in stable condition with minor injuries. Fire personnel diked the runoff in three directions and four homes were evacuated in the immediate area due to the spillage hazard. Several cleanup companies were brought in to mitigate the gasoline spill and remove the hazard. At 4 a.m., the incident was deemed safe and all lanes of Hwy. 441 were reopened to traffic. The residents that had been evacuated were allowed to return to their homes and fire personnel checked each residence for any hazards.

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