Portion of I-26 in Polk Co. reopened after gas tanker fire


UPDATE: The North Carolina Department of Transportation said a portion of Interstate 26 has been resurfaced and reopened following a gas tanker fire on Wednesday.

NCDOT officials said the road reopened around 2 a.m. Thursday.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol initially responded to a crash on I-26 westbound near mile marker 61 at around 1:34 p.m.

The tanker truck was hauling fuel when it lost control and overturned.

After overturning, the tanker truck caught on fire and caused both directions of I-26 to close.

The driver of the tanker truck was airlifted to a burn center in Georgia with life-threatening injuries.


POLK COUNTY, N.C. (WSPA) – Crews are responding to a fire after a gas tanker flipped over on I-26 in Polk County, according to Columbus Fire.

Westbound lanes of I-26 are closed near Saluda between Exit 59 (Holbert Cove Road) and Exit 66 (US-74) due to a crash, according to NCDOT.

Eastbound lanes were also closed following the crash but have since reopened.

One person was flown to the hospital with severe burns, according to the fire department.

The Asheville Regional Hazmat team was also called to the crash.

According to Columbus Fire, the crash happened on I-26 at mile marker 62.

They also say the fire is spreading to the woods. A detour is in place, according to NCDOT.

All drivers utilizing I-26 between North Carolina and South Carolina are urged to utilize S.C. 11 and U.S. 25 as detours around a major crash on I-26 two miles east of Exit 59 in Polk County. U.S. 176 is NOT suitable for trucks. Use U.S. 25 and S.C. 11.

A 7 News crew is on the way to the scene. Check back for updates.

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