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Tanker problem leads to evacuation

April 14, 2008

Thomasville  --   A potentially explosive situation leads to the evacuation of dozens of Thomasville families before daybreak today.

Around 5:00AM, a fuel tanker making a delivery at a gas station on Jackson Street got stuck on top of an underground gas tank that popped up out of the ground. Homes and business in the area were evacuated until the all clear was given.

"We were all about safety this morning that's why we evacuated this whole area.  About a three quarter of a mile radius, in case there is an explosion, a gas leak, something like that," said Thomasville Police Sgt. Ricky Singletary.      

Within a half hour the Red Cross opened a shelter at Dawson Street Baptist Church for the displaced families.  The tanker truck unloaded the fuel it was carrying into a second truck before they could safely move it.

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