Update: Overturned tanker truck is now cleared and roadway is open

Update: Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services report that the accident was cleared and the roadway opened again by 5:45 p.m.

Overturned fuel tanker at Hamilton Mill and Braselton Highway March 2, 2021. Photo credit: Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services

Update

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services reported at 4:30 p.m. that the roadway remains shut down and the public will be notified via social media when it will re-open. Follow GCFES Twitter account for updates at this link.

GCFES report that the tanker was carrying about 8,500 gallons of fuel. A damage assessment revealed two leak points – one at the dome on the top of the tanker and the second at the rear. About 3,000 gallons of fuel entered the storm drain before it could be contained with diking and damming equipment GCFES reported that “a nearby pond at the Hamilton Mill Golf Club is where the fuel was finally contained. The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources worked in conjunction with a cleanup crew and the United States Environmental Protection Agency in determining the safest and most efficient way to remove the fuel from the pond and storm drain. The Gwinnett Department of Transportation assisted with absorbent products and strategies to clean the roadways.”

Five holes were then drilled in the tank to siphon off the remaining 5,500 gallons of fuel before attempting to place the tanker upright to remove it from the scene. Willard Wrecker has sent two heavy duty wrecker tow trucks to prepare for that task.

GCFES reports that the Hazmat team metered the area throughout the day and never had readings that showed residents were ever in any danger. The driver had been assessed and released at the scene and no other injuries were reported.

Initial story

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Rescue is reporting that Hamilton Mill Road at Braselton Highway (124) is shut down due to an overturned gasoline tanker truck. There is an active fuel leak from the cargo tank. The Quick-Trip and B/P Station have been evacuated and police are diverting traffic in the area. Motorists are encouraged to seeking alternative routes during the morning commute.

Gwinnett Fire and Emergency Services Hazmat Team. Contributed photo

Emergency teams were dispatched at 5:34 a.m. this morning, March 2, 2021 and are expected to be there for a while as this is a hazmat incident.

“Firefighters have a 500 foot hot zone perimeter established and are working to identify the amount of product that has entered the nearby storm drain. A representative from Gwinnett DWR has been notified and is responding to the scene,” Firefighter Captain Tommy Rutledge, public information officer for GCFER said in a press release. “This will be an extended operation. Hazmat technicians are working to stop the leak and contain the runoff. They are also making EPA/EPD notifications. Crews are monitoring gas readings and air quality in the area. A unified command post has been established by fire and police officials.”

Rutledge said the driver of the tanker was evaluated and released at the scene by paramedics for minor complaints. No other vehicles were involved.

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