Authorities have cleared the roadway for motorists heading westbound on Interstate 26 after a tractor trailer carrying gasoline overturned early Sunday morning, spilling nearly 200 gallons of gasoline.
Brick Lewis, a department spokesman, said safety officials have cleaned up the spilled gasoline and reopened all lanes of traffic in the area. Some portions of Fernandina Road are still blocked off, but markers indicating alternate routes will direct motorists around the area where some crews are still working, Lewis said.
Multiple emergency crews responded to the incident just before 4 a.m. after receiving reports that a tractor trailer had overturned just before the Harbison Boulevard exit in Irmo. The driver was initially entrapped in the vehicle, but was removed and transported to a local hospital in unknown condition.
An additional fuel tanker was brought to the incident site in order to pump the remaining 8,300 gallons of gasoline out of the overturned tractor trailer.
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Lewis said the South Carolina Highway Patrol is diverting all westbound traffic to the Piney Grove Road exit and are alerting motorists of closures on Department of Transportation emergency signs.
The Home Depot located on the 5200 block of Fernandina Road was closed because of the incident, but should be opening back up within the hour, Lewis said.
Lewis said Columbia Fire Department, Richland County Medical Services, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Irmo Fire District, Columbia Police Department, Lexington Sheriff’s Department and South Carolina Highway Patrol are all on scene to assist.