Thousands of gallons of tar, diesel spill out of flipped tanker in Cherokee County

  • Source: WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta
  • Published: 08/10/2022 06:34 AM

Thousands of gallons of tar and diesel and thousands of pounds of sand filled a Cherokee County road on Wednesday morning. Cherokee County hazardous materials teams were called out a massive spill in front of the historic Tate House on Hwy. 53. When they arrived, a tanker-trailer had flipped and started spilling the hot tar it was carrying, as well as the diesel in its tank. Pickens County Fire and Rescue crews were able to pull the driver out of the tanker before hazmat teams got there. Crews were able to quickly stop the diesel leak before it contaminated anything other than the road. The tar was flowing into a roadside culvert and a nearby pasture. By the time crews were able to stop it, officials estimate between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of tar had spilled out. It’s unclear what damage was done to the culvert and pasture.


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