DHEC: Contaminated water removed from site of leaking tanker

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Contaminated water has been removed from the site where a tanker truck overturned Monday morning in Socastee, according to officials.

Adam Myrick, spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, said the water was contaminated with fuel after the tanker overturned during a series of storms that ripped through Horry County Sunday night.

Crews with DHEC were called to the scene along Peachtree Road Monday morning after the tanker began leaking fuel, creating a hazmat situation for area emergency crews.

Workers are continuing the process of removing and analyzing contaminated soil from the site of the spill. Myrick said crews will continue to remove soil until tests show no signs of fuel contamination.

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.

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