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Oil tanker overturned on I-26 near Gray exit; hazmat team deployed

August 18th, 2011 9:24 am by Rex Barber

An oil tanker overturned in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 near the Gray exit just before 9:30 a.m. today.
The driver was out of the truck, and the tank had leaked some oil. A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the scene to clean up what little oil did spill. Most of the oil remained in the tank.
According to Johnson City Fire Department Sgt. Ian Keys, the driver of the Greeneville Oil and Petroleum, Inc. tanker was passing the Gray exit as a car was coming off the exit. The driver of that car cut the tanker off, forcing the driver to pull onto the shoulder of the road, Keys said. The tanker apparently spun around and flipped, coming to rest against a rocky hill.
No one was reportedly hurt in the crash, which only involved the tanker. The driver refused to be taken to the hospital by paramedics. Keys said the oil company was sending a crew to pump out the nearly 700 gallons of motor oil in the tanker before it could be removed.

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