UPDATED: Highway 301 Reopens After Tanker Truck Flips

State troopers say both southbound lanes of Highway 301 are now open, while one northbound lane remains closed after this morning's gasoline tanker crash.

The two mile stretch of Highway 301 between Kenly and Lucama was closed for most of the day on Wednesday as crews removed the tanker and cleaned up spilled gasoline.

Officials tell WITN the tanker truck flipped over around 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, and fuel was rushing out of the truck. Authorities say some 6,000 gallons of fuel spilled because of the accident.

The truck's driver was taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with injuries, officials say, but details about his or her condition are not known. Officials also do not know what caused the accident. It was not raining at the time of the accident.

The Trade Wilco tanker was full of gasoline and was headed to Greenville when the accident happened.

Troopers say that northbound lane will be closed "off and on" for the next couple of days as crews do work on ground reclamation around the accident site.

County emergency official Gordon Deno said the cleanup would take days. State water quality experts were called to the scene to determine if gasoline spread into a nearby creek.


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