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Highway Patrol: 'Nothing spilled' from overturned tanker on U.S. 13

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A tanker carrying hazardous materials was one of two trucks that overturned Monday afternoon on U.S. 13 in Cumberland County following a crash, the Highway Patrol said.

“Nothing spilled,” said Sgt. Kathryn McVicker, a trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol. “It was some type (of load) out of Chemours. It wasn’t anything super hazardous, but they didn’t want it to leak into the ground or water.”

Chemours is one of the companies located at the Fayetteville Works Site in Bladen County.

At approximately 3:22 p.m., an 18-wheeler tanker and an 18-wheeler box truck both overturned on the driver's side on U.S. 13, or Goldsboro Road, at Pembroke Lane near Interstate 95.

The driver of the tanker truck was seriously injured and taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He remains hospitalized, McVicker said.

The Fayetteville office of the Highway Patrol is not releasing the names of the drivers at this time.

“His family knows he’s in the hospital,” McVicker said Tuesday.

The driver of the tanker truck has been charged with a safe movement violation after it appears that he looked to make a U-turn in front of the box truck, she said.

The highway was closed for several hours.

“We didn’t clean up the road until about 10 o’clock last night,” McVicker said.

The state Department of Environmental Quality was notified of the accident, DEQ spokeswoman Laura Leonard said.

“Regional staff from both the divisions of Waste Management and Water Resources have spoken to Chemours representatives who stated that no wastewater was released during the accident,” Leonard said in an email. “Additionally, Chemours indicated that wastewater in the tanker had been processed through the facility’s reverse osmosis system. DEQ will continue to assess the situation to determine if further action is required.” 

Chemours hauls GenX and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances - known as PFAS or forever chemicals - for disposal in Texas. 

In 2018, a tanker truck leaving Chemours spilled PFAS in Tobermory, near St Pauls.

A Chemours program manager sent a message to the DEQ the following day saying the tanker was filled with rainwater from dikes at the chemical plant and that the driver estimated a gallon or less had spilled from a port on top of the tanker. It turned out that the tanker was hauling heavily concentrated levels of PFAS. An estimated 500 gallons spilled. 

Reporter Greg Barnes contributed to this report.

Michael Futch covers Fayetteville and education for CityView TODAY. He can be reached at mfutch@cityviewnc.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com.

N.C. Highway Patrol, Chemours, crash, U.S. 13, tanker truck, Cumberland County

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