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Crews work to clear tanker wreck in Vicksburg

Crews work to clear tanker wreck in Vicksburg


TRUCK THAT OVERTURNED, CARRYING DIESEL ON HIGHWAY-61 AND WASHINGTON STREET— NORTH OF VICKSBURG. 16 WAPT’S JENNIFER ORTEGA BRINGS US THE LATEST ON THE CLEAN UP EFFORTS. CREWS HAVE BEEN OUT HERE SINCE 11 AM THIS MORNING TRYING TO CLEAN SPILLED GASOLINE OFF THE HIGHWAY. 1:47:30 WE GOT LUCKY IT DIDN’T BUST COMPLETELY OPEN THIS TANKER-TRUCK CARRYING DIESEL OVERTURNED ON HIGHWAY-61 AND WASHINGTON STREET, JUST-NORTH OF VICKSBURG. BLOCKING BOTH SOUTHBOUND LANES. DERRICK STAMPS- VICKSBURG FIRE DEPT HE HAD 86 HUNDRED GALLONS OF GASOLINE ON IT, PROBABLY A COUPLE THOUSAND MAY HAVE SPILLED BUT WE CONTAINED IT FROM GOING INTO THE STORM DRAINS EMERGENCY CREWS SAY IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE. ERNIE SHIRLEY MS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY-MDEQ 1:46:26 WE CAN SMELL THE GAS FROM HERE HOW SERIOUS IS THIS? IT’S VERY SERIOUS, THE VAPORS IS A PROBLEM WITH GASOLINE AS EVERYBODY KNOWS. THAT’S WHY NOT MUCH TRAFFIC IS BEING LET FLOW THROUGH HERE SHERIFF MARTIN PACE/ 1:54:1 JUST THE LOCATION IT’S IN OBVIOUSLY IF THERE HAD BEEN A FIRE IT COULD OF BEEN VERY BAD BUT THE LOCATION IT’S IN DID ALLOW REROUTING OF TRAFFIC CREWS CAREFULLY MOVED THE GASOLINE FROM THE FLIPPED TANKER TO A NEW TRUCK. 1:47:25 THEY STICK A STINGER IN THERE, A ROD AND THEY SUCK THAT GASOLINE OUT THAT’S LEFT IN THE TANKER INTO A GOOD TANKER FOR NOW – POLICE REROUTED TRAFFIC DOWN WASHINGTON STREET. ON CAM OUT- THE DRIVER OF THE TANKER WENT TO THE HOSPITAL- HIS CONDITION IS STILL UNKNOWN. IN VICKSBURG, JENNIFER ORTEGA 16 WAPT NEWS. AT LAST CHECK…. CREWS ARE STILL WORKING TO CLEAR THE HIGHWAY.

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