Tanker truck catches fire in McDuffie County

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 10:19 PM
Last updated 11:41 PM
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Interstate 20 near Thomson was shut down for more than two hours Friday after a tanker truck carrying methanol caught fire.

About 5:30 p.m., crews were called to mile marker 167 after the truck blew a tire in the westbound lanes, causing the sleeper cab to ignite, according to McDuffie County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Steven Sewell.

Traffic was stopped on both eastbound and westbound lanes in McDuffie County and traffic was rerouted to Three Points Road near Thomson. The eastbound lanes and one westbound lane were reopened after the blaze was contained.

Sewell said the full load of methanol was never threatened. No injuries were reported.

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nocnoc 11/23/13 - 11:01 am
Last time I checked

"Sewell said the full load of methanol was never threatened. "

I disagree with the statement.
Any fire near a full load of methanol (Alcohol) IS A THREAT.
Even OSHA considers smoking or a fire within the 50 feet as a threat.
So a Truck Sleeper Cab fire within 6 feet would be a threat.

KUDO's to the McDuffie Fire Dept for the quick and effective response.

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