A two-vehicle accident between a Cadillac and a tractor trailer led to the truck’s diesel fuel tank being punctured and between 110 and 120 gallons of gas being spilled onto U.S. 421 at the intersection of N.C. 242. There were no injuries reported. A citation for failure to yield was issued to the driver of the Cadillac. Clinton Highway Patrol Officer J.L.
Murphy reported the passenger car was traveling southbound on N.C. 242 when it pulled out in front of the 18-wheeler, traveling south on U.S. 421 and carrying an empty cargo shipping container. The truck jack knifed, damaging its cab and puncturing the fuel tank, causing the fuel spill. The passenger car incurred minor damages to its bumper. Sampson County Emergency Deputy Fire Marshal Joshua Deaver said the fire department arrived first and worked to confine the spill, which had overflowed into a ditch. Sampson County EMS coordinated with the trucking company and the clean up company as NCDOT laid sand to absorb the fuel. ‘We contacted a company contracted to the clean up,’ he said. ‘They will be coming back to do some digging.’
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