Originally created 01/11/00

Truck overturns on Old Savannah Road



Area crews spent Monday morning cleaning up a non-toxic spill after a tanker truck overturned in front of the Procter-Gamble plant in the 3400 block of Old Savannah Road.

The tanker, operated by Howard Sheppard Inc., was hauling sodium silicate liquid (also known as liquid glass) for PQ Corporation Specialty Chemical Division, 2430 Doug Barnard Parkway.

Although the tank was not ruptured, the wreck did cause a Level 2 spill due to leaking diesel fuel, oil and antifreeze, according to police.

The accident occurred about 9:30 a.m. as the truck was heading north on Georgia Highway 56.

According to police, the driver was distracted by a computer monitor and took his eyes of the road. The driver, Sammy Simon, was charged with inability to maintain a single lane. He was shaken but not seriously injured, police said.

Traffic was restricted to one lane while crews cleaned up spillage from the wreckage. The contents of the tanker were transferred into another tanker.

ReachMargaret Weston at (706) 823-3340 or mweston@augustachronicle.com.