EMA Issues Warning After Gas Spill Near White House
WHITE HOUSE TENNESSEE (Smokey Barn News) – The Robertson County Emergency Management Agency has issued a warning to residents after 7400 gallons of gas seeped into a creek near White House Tennessee.
On Saturday night a tanker hauling gas overturned on Interstate 65 Northbound near EXIT 108. The accident was reported just after 11:00pm. Officials worked well into the morning to remove the rig and capture as much of the gas as possible.
According to our news partner News Channel 5, the tanker truck was cut off and hit by the driver of a pickup truck. The tanker went off the road, spilling fuel. The driver of the tanker was taken to Skyline with unknown injuries. The driver of the pickup truck took off on foot, News Channel 5 reports.
Now the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency has released a warning to local residents. According officials with EMA, the commercial vehicle leaked approximately 7400 gallons of 87 octane gas with ethanol blend at the crash site.
The gas has now found its way into Moss Brench creek which is located adjacent to the crash site near the I65 and Hwy 76 intersection in White House. MAP If you live South of the crash along I65 or near Moss Branch Creek which travels South and Southwest from the crash site and you smell fumes around your home it is recommended that you turn your heating and air unit off.
If the fumes are causing any medical issues you’re encouraged to call 911 and seek medical attention.
Premier Protection and Southern Environmental Hazmat companies are on the scene remediating the soil and water ways in the effective area.
If you have livestock that drink from the creek/pond and can secure them from these water sources do so.
According to the EMA Director RL Douglas, it will take about 3 to 5 days for the gas to be cleaned up and or dissipate.
The White House Water District would like to assure the public that the drinking water has not been affected by the spill.
If the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency releases more information we will bring it to you.
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