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Worth Diesel cleanup underway

Kathy Taylor Kathy Taylor
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Cleanup continues in a Worth County yard where a tanker truck flipped over Tuesday morning.

The tanker spewed 7,000 gallons of diesel in front of a home on Highway 82. Crews are digging up to eight feet deep in places to remove contaminated soil.

The homeowner is upset about the destruction. "Look how old these trees are. How are you going to make it right? But we have to keep our faith and keep smiling until they get this done but behind closed doors I'm crying," said Kathy Taylor.

Statement from Anne LeZotte, communications manager for Pilot Flying J:

While we continue to review details around the cause of Tuesday’s tanker truck accident in South Georgia, we remain focused on cleaning up the diesel fuel spilled to ensure the safety of the communities we serve.

Pilot Flying J crews remain on the scene of the spill, excavating all the affected soil where the tanker overturned. Soil samples from the site are being collected to guarantee that all the affected dirt has been removed.

Once we’re assured the area is clean, the excavated area will be filled with new soil, and damaged trees and landscaping will be replaced.


The same procedure had to be done this summer a few miles away in Acree when a Flash Foods tanker wrecked in similar fashion.

Taylor says the cleanup could take as long as two weeks.

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