Evacuations, road closure after tanker crash

Charleston emergency crews shut down Cypress Street and evacuated several nearby residents after a fuel tanker overturned and began leaking gasoline on Monday night.

The accident happened just before 10 p.m. near the Cypress Street ramp to I-26 east.

The Charleston Fire Department, Charleston Police Department, Charleston County EMS and Charleston County Rescue Squad were among the agencies that responded to the scene.

According to a statement from the fire department, the tanker was carrying about 8,700 gallons of gasoline in two separate tanks.  The fire department’s hazmat team discovered a gash in one of the tanks and launched an effort to contain the leaking fuel.

As of 1 a.m., approximately 100 gallons of gasoline had been contained.

About 20 people living nearby were evacuated and took shelter on a CARTA bus as a precaution.

It was not immediately clear what caused the tanker truck to overturn.  The fire department says the driver did not report any injuries.

Cypress Street was closed between Meeting Street and King Street for more than 10 hours.

The road reopened around 8:30 a.m.


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