ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The fatal wreck of a semi tanker truck on US 19 near Putney on August 4, 2016 was the seventh serious crash of a tanker truck in the WALB viewing area in the last two years. A Parker Trucking tanker ran into the back of a pickup truck, knocked it off the highway, and then into a farm tractor, killing Robert Frank Blackledge.
The woman driving the pickup truck that was the 'spotter' for the farm tractor was critically injured, and is in Phoebe Putney Hospital.
Charges are pending in that accident.
The crash and fuel leak of a Flying J tractor-trailer rig in Worth County in Worth County in September of 2015 was the sixth such wreck involving tankers in Southwest Georgia in the last several months. In that wreck, thousands of gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the ruptured trailer.
On August 14 near Willacoochee, a semi-truck hauling gas crashed on Highway 82 around 6:00AM, killing the driver. GSP says 47-year old Timothy Teemer of Albany was killed in the accident. The wreck happened near Mile Post 5 in the eastbound lane of the highway. The tanker, carrying 7,500 gallons of fuel, ran into the back of a pickup truck, driven by 73-year-old James Gaskins of Willacoochee, who was not injured.
Around 11:00 a.m. Saturday August 1, tanker truck accident in Lee County on Grave Springs Road. The tanker was hit by an SUV and went into a ditch but did not flip over. He also says that there were four people inside the SUV, a man a woman, and two children. The driver of the tanker went to the hospital but was not seriously injured.
On Sunday, July 12, the eastbound lanes of Sylvester Road at Acree were closed where a gasoline tanker truck overturned. The driver was reported to have lost control of the vehicle, hopped the curb and over-corrected. Officials said the driver was injured and taken to the hospital. Authorities said approximately 1,500 gallons of gasoline spilled from the truck involved. The tanker was carrying about 8,500 gallons of fuel.
There was no crash, but an engine fire could have been even worse on December 11, 2014, east of Albany. A quick thinking truck driver prevents a fire in his truck from becoming a major explosion. Albany firefighters say the fire started in the engine of this truck on US Highway 82 between Albany and Acree. The truck, owned by Brad Lanier Oil Company, was hauling a tanker filled with ten-thousand gallons of gasoline.
On December 9, 2014, Stewart County Sheriff Larry Jones says that a tanker driver apparently tried to make a left turn too fast, and his trailer rolled over into a ditch, near the intersection of GA Hwy. 1 / US Hwy. 27 and GA Hwy 39, about 5:30 in the morning. Jones said the driver was not seriously injured. He was hauling a load of chemicals to a Meade Paper plant in Cotton, Alabama.