Crews clean up fuel leaking from tanker truck

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A tanker truck at the center of a fuel spill in Socastee Monday morning is undergoing an inspection, according to Horry County Councilman Bob Grabowski.

Crews with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control were called to Myrtle Beach after a tanker truck overturned on Peachtree Road and spilled diesel fuel, creating a hazmat situation for area emergency crews.

Horry County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Leslie Yancey said officials found a tanker truck overturned by storms that tore through Horry County Sunday night.

Crews were working to clean the leak on Peachtree Road when something sparked the fuel and fumes. After a brief scare, someone on scene was able to extinguish the temporary blaze. Officials later re-closed the road to traffic due to safety concerns, but it has since been re-opened.

Ervin Lambert, owner of L&L Contractors, the company that owns the 7,000-gallon tanker, said the truck was holding diesel fuel used to fill construction vehicles working on the SC-31 extension. Lambert said they believe about 1,000 gallons of fuel was inside, but it is unknown how much leaked onto Peachtree.

In an effort to contain the leak, officials built a dam between the truck and a nearby storm water drainage ditch to prevent fuel from spilling in.

Crews on scene said they hope to have 80 percent of the fuel cleaned up by Monday night. The remaining 20 percent is expected to be contained by Tuesday morning.

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