Gas tanker tipped, but not spilling, on Hilton Head

bheffernan@islandpacket.comApril 17, 2013 

A gasoline tanker with about 4,000 gallons of fuel is tipped at a 45-degree angle at the Circle K gas station on Hilton Head Island, but has been stabilized by emergency responders. It is not leaking fuel.

The trailer jack-knifed and tipped when the driver was turning the vehicle.

Traffic is flowing freely on William Hilton Parkway, according to Brad Tadlock, Deputy Chief of Operations for the Town of Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Division, which responded to the incident at about 4:25 p.m.

The passenger-side wheels of the trailer are off the ground, but it has been stabilized with metal struts and wood cribbing, Tadlock said. A heavy-duty wrecker is on its way to Savannah to right the tanker.

The gas station has been evacuated and shut down.

A news release from the Town of Hilton Head recommends using alternate routes to avoid the area.

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