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Fuel tanker accident creates dangerous situation

April 14, 2008

Thomasville-- A routine delivery turned dangerous quickly Monday morning.   "Around 5:00 a.m. this morning this tanker truck was trying to deliver fuel and as he pulled into the parking lot, the underground tank actually came up bust through the cement," explained Sergeant Ricky Singletary with the Thomasville Police Department.

The driver was ok but called 911 immediately when he realized the danger.  "Gas leaks, explosions stuff like that," said Singletary.  Police quickly knocked on doors and awoke families in the area.   An elementary school across the street canceled school for the day and police evacuated homes and businesses in over a half mile radius from the gas station.

Within a half hour, the Red Cross had a shelter open at Dawson Street Baptist Church for the displaced families.  "Thats what we do, that's what we're here for. We try to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and this is part of that response," explained Kristen Riggs, Executive Director for the Red Cross Wiregrass Chapter.

Jackson Street, one of Thomasville's major arteries was closed for hours as workers tried to clean up, while still preventing an accident.  "They're actually off-loading the fuel that's stuck on the uplifted tanker into another tank," said Singletary.

Thankfully, the evacuations and traffic disruptions were the only effects and no one was injured.  Police believe a high amount of water in the ground caused that tank to pop up.

 

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