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Diesel Truck Overturns In Brevard, Homes Evacuated

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Families are returning to their homes after a dangerous oil delivery truck crash forced them to evacuate. Families are returning to their homes after a dangerous oil delivery truck crash forced them to evacuate.
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Diesel Truck overturns in Brevard Diesel Truck overturns in Brevard
Brevard, N.C. -

Families are returning to their homes after a dangerous oil delivery truck crash forced them to evacuate.

It happened just before 11 a.m. Friday on Connestee Road near Brevard in Transylvania County.

The rolled truck and diesel spill closed down the road between Highway 276 and Island Ford Road for hours.

The Henderson Oil Company delivery truck, carrying about 1,700 gallons of diesel and kerosene, rolled while navigating a narrow turn down a hill.

Karen Wood said her neighbor told her he felt the impact.

“He said it rattled his house,” said Wood.

Three houses were forced to evacuate because this kind of spill brings with it a hefty fire risk.

“Anytime that you've got [an oil] product and voltage on your trucks, you have a possibility of fire," said Connestee Fire Chief Keith Owen.

Crews used absorbent pads and sand to help contain the spill. Then they had to carefully empty the rest of the oil out of the truck so they could flip it upright.

Owen said the area where the truck rolled is one of the city's narrowest, tightest turns.

Wood has seen cars wreck here before and worries every day about her son's school bus navigating the curve.

Still, she said her number one concern is for the truck driver, who had to be airlifted to the hospital.

“I just hope the driver of the truck is alright. That's my concern. I mean, that's a life. You can replace a truck but you can't replace a life," said Wood.

Truckers carrying hazardous materials are required to have special licensing. Most of the trucks carrying those dangerous substances are required to have diamond-shaped placards, displaying a combination of numbers indicating what's inside. That information is crucial to first responders if a tanker spills its contents.

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