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NORTH AUGUSTA --- An overturned tanker truck dumped nearly 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel onto Palmetto Parkway on Tuesday morning.

A cleaning crew worked to contain 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel after a tanker truck overturned Tuesday on Edgefield Road in North Augusta.   Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
Rainier Ehrhardt/Staff
A cleaning crew worked to contain 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel after a tanker truck overturned Tuesday on Edgefield Road in North Augusta.

A large portion of Edgefield Road was closed for about three hours as crews worked to clean up the spill.

The wreck occurred shortly before 8 a.m., when a man driving a Havird Oil Co. truck flipped the vehicle onto its right side while turning onto Palmetto Parkway from Edgefield Road, according to North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Pearson.

The driver, Daniel Griffin, 51, of Lexington, S.C., suffered only minor injuries; he was taken to Aiken Regional Medical Centers and later released.

Authorities are still investigating what caused the truck to overturn.

The driver told police that he had just topped off his truck with 7,500 gallons of diesel and that the wreck was caused by a driver in a "little white car" who pulled in front of the truck, Pearson said.

"That part is under investigation," he said.

Clark Havird, of Havird Oil Co., seemed to confirm his driver's account of the accident in a news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

"While still under investigation, it appears that another vehicle apparently pulled out in front of our truck, causing our driver to swerve in an evasive manner to avoid a collision," Havird said in the release. "As a result, the transport tank vehicle overturned. We are very thankful that there were no serious injuries as a result of this accident. ..."

Adam Myrick, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, said some of the fuel made its way into storm drains, which were diked to prevent further spread.

The cleanup also might involve removal of some contaminated soil, Myrick said. Havird added that his company is working with local and state officials to clean the area.

Staff Writer Rob Pavey contributed to this article.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/22/11 - 11:02 am
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I'm sorry, but Adam Folk is

I'm sorry, but Adam Folk is wrong. Diesel fuel is classified as "non-flammable." It is combustible, but not flammable. Check with the emergency management authority, or with any industrial safety officer.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 02/22/11 - 11:29 am
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Little Lamb, You are correct.

Little Lamb, You are correct. I changed the story. Thanks.

bigt
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bigt 02/22/11 - 11:41 am
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It is certainly flammable but

It is certainly flammable but not explosive for the most part. It has much lower vapor and volatile content compared with gasoline but has more energy content per unit (which is why you get more mpg with a diesel).

Diesel is just one in a long line of petro type fuels that have different characteristics but all come from the same source (petroleum).

bigt
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bigt 02/22/11 - 11:53 am
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Road hazard: Petrodiesel

Road hazard: Petrodiesel spilled on a road will stay there until washed away by sufficiently heavy rain, whereas gasoline will quickly evaporate. After the light fractions have evaporated, a greasy slick is left on the road which can destabilize moving vehicles. Diesel spills severely reduce tire grip and traction, and have been implicated in many accidents. The loss of traction is similar to that encountered on black ice. Diesel slicks are especially dangerous for two-wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles.

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andrew412 02/22/11 - 12:15 pm
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It's kind of bizarre the

It's kind of bizarre the front page story on both thestate.com and augustachronicle.com are almost identical and happened at the same time, just in the next county... http://www.thestate.com/2011/02/22/1707114/major-lexington-crossing-bloc...

usapatriot
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usapatriot 02/22/11 - 12:36 pm
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No greenies calling for a ban

No greenies calling for a ban on publicly transported fuel yet?

Clux99
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Clux99 02/22/11 - 02:06 pm
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That is quite a coincidence

That is quite a coincidence andrew412, it'd be even weirder if the driver of the truck in the Lexington wreck was from North Augusta...

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/22/11 - 02:57 pm
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Usa, what is your point? Jet

Usa, what is your point? Jet fuel is a first cousin to diesel just more like good kerosene. It probably has a flash point close to the diesel fuel. Just glad that the spill was not gasoline!!

burninater
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burninater 02/22/11 - 03:07 pm
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Nope usap, looks like yours

Nope usap, looks like yours is the only politically obsessive-compulsive comment on here so far ...

TakeAHike
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TakeAHike 02/22/11 - 03:09 pm
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Traffic was a mess this

Traffic was a mess this morning due to this. People dart in and around the trucks all the time between the I-20 and 520 interchanges. It's really unnecessary--they don't save much time doing so and of course risk causing a crash like this. I'm glad to hear the driver isn't badly injured. I hope they catch the idiot who caused it.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/22/11 - 03:15 pm
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Since the driver of the white

Since the driver of the white car can't drive lets build bike paths to solve the problem. (dripping sarcasm...) If you don't like the way they drive, stay off the sidewalks!

warsurplus
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warsurplus 02/23/11 - 11:49 am
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bigt writes: "It has much

bigt writes:
"It has much lower vapor and volatile content compared with gasoline but has more energy content per unit (which is why you get more mpg with a diesel)."

Diesel fuel does have more energy than gasoline per unit volume, but not per unit mass.

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