Tanker spills fuel on George Bishop, DHEC working on cleanup

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control is in the later stages of flushing out a storm water drain following a diesel fuel spill Wednesday at a Myrtle Beach Exxon station.

Horry County Fire Rescue was called to an Exxon station, located at 102 George Bishop Pkwy., around 5:30 a.m. after the driver of a tanker truck said the gas tank got caught on a curb. As he was pulling into the station, the truck began spilling diesel.

Adam Myrick, spokesman for DHEC, estimated the truck lost 60-80 gallons of diesel from its saddle tank. Myrick said the saddle tank is the fuel tank that helps to power the cab of the truck.

Visible diesel, other than what was caught in a storm water drain, has been removed from the site.

Horry County Fire Rescue crews built a dam to help prevent a large amount of fuel from entering nearby storm water drains. The agency teamed up with Horry County Storm Water Management to flush out the lines and vacuum out any diesel that made its way into the drain.

The Exxon station has been reopened to customers as of Wednesday afternoon.

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