An overnight accident on I-85 northbound near Hamilton Mill Road developed into a hazmat incident when a fuel tank ruptured and began spilling fuel onto the roadway.
At 12:45 a.m., Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services (GCFES) personnel were dispatched after a tractor trailer transporting a cargo of dry pellets rolled onto its side in a ditch. A fuel tank in the cab subsequently ruptured, spilling fuel onto the roadway and grass according to a GCFES press release.
"Fire crews with the assistance of Gwinnett police, secured the area and assessed the accident," wrote GCFES Lt. Colin Rhoden in an email to the media. "Gwinnett County Fire’s Haz Mat team was called to the scene to assist the crews already at the incident with leak control. The leak was slowed to allow the removal of the truck."
Firefighters remained at the scene as the truck was prepared for towing. The interstate was closed for approximately one hour while the wrecker crew worked to get the truck upright, Rhoden indicated. The incident was under control by 1:42 a.m.
No one was injured in the accident.
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