Truck, car crash closes road for hours
In what may have been a head-on collision, say officials, drivers escaped serious injury August 29, in the early afternoon on Boone Hill Road (17A) in Summerville.
The fuel tank of the tractor trailer ruptured, said Old Fort Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Waters, causing the cab to nearly disintegrate and spilling 125 gallons of diesel fuel on the ground.
The truck driver was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The female driver of the SUV was ambulatory at the scene.
According to Waters, a specialized haz-mat team came in to clean up the road and ditches because of the fuel spill.
The trailer appeared to be carrying “what looked like the fabric you put in flower beds to keep the weeds out,” said Waters, although he was unsure exactly what the material was.
The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. last Thursday and shut down the road for three to four hours.
Waters said a lot of trucks these days are made out of fiberglass, which could explain the complete disintegration of the cab.
S.C. Highway Patrol is handling the investigation. Responding agencies were SPD Dorchester County Sheriff's deputies, Summerville fire Department an Old Fort Fire Department and Dorchester County EMS.