Originally created 01/11/00

Tanker truck overturns



Emergency crews spent Monday morning cleaning up a nontoxic spill after a tanker truck overturned in south Richmond County.

The accident occurred at 9:30 a.m. as the truck was heading north in front of the Procter & Gamble Co. plant in the 3400 block of Old Savannah Road.

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

The tanker, operated by Howard Sheppard Inc., was hauling sodium silicate liquid -- also known as liquid glass -- for PQ Corp.'s Specialty Chemical Division, 2430 Doug Barnard Parkway.

The tank did not rupture. But leaking diesel fuel, oil and antifreeze pooled alongside Old Savannah Road and was later cleaned up by emergency workers.

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

Reach Margaret Weston at (706) 823-3340.