DACULA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Roads and businesses are now back open after emergency crews cleaned up the fuel spill at Hamilton Mill Road and Braselton Highway. Emergency crews had their work cut out for them up until late Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses say a tractor trailer was making a left turn at the intersection just before 5:30 a.m. when it flipped on its side. Officials say the tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel, and 3,000 of those gallons spilled into a storm drain.
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Update: Clean up crew is on scene assessing. Roadway is not expecting to reopen until 3pm. pic.twitter.com/PddtDp6Mku
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“It’s very horrendous how that happened,” said Adam Vidler, a Gwinnett County resident who lives in the area. “I’ve never seen anything this bad on Hamilton Mill Road.”
The driver was not injured. Officers evacuated the BP and QuikTrip gas stations, The Discover Point Day Care and PNC Bank as a precaution. Those who live nearby said the traffic buildup they saw is rare. “It’s a little inconvenience, but it’s ok, as long as the guy is ok at the end of the day,” Vidler said.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming Soon?
“We put equipment down to try to absorb and divert as much of that spillage as possible,” said Lieutenant Donald Strother with Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. Strother said residents don’t have to worry about the fuel that poured into the storm drain. “From a safety perspective, the storm drain impacted the environment, but sewage wasn’t getting into their homes,” he said.
Fuel also spilled into a pond at the Hamilton Mill Golf Course. “We’re working with a company to actually figure out a way to get that fuel out of the pond,” said Strother.MORE NEWS: Child Tax Credit: October Payments Hitting Parents' Bank Accounts
Throughout the day, crews faced the challenge of lifting the truck and safely drilling a hole into the tanker to offload the remaining fuel. They completed those tasks by the afternoon.