NC-87 in Cumberland County reopens after tanker truck flips in crash, spills fuel; 3 injured

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — A section of North Carolina Highway 87 was shut down Monday morning into the night after a tanker truck flipped in a crash and spilled fuel, Cumberland County officials said.

The north and southbound lanes of the highway were closed between Doc Bennet and Sandhill roads due to the crash, which involved a tanker truck and a passenger car.

The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Tom Starling Road and N.C. Highway 87, county officials said. Three people were transported to the hospital with injuries but information on the severity of those injuries has not been released.

Approximately 4,600 gallons of fuel were spilled in the aftermath of the wreck, according to officials. The tanker was carrying 9,000 gallons of fuel.

Gray’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department Station 24 was the initial responder and established the Incident Command Post on site. Cumberland County Emergency Management, Vander, and Cotton Volunteer Fire Departments also responded to the scene to assist. The City of Fayetteville Fire Department Hazardous Material Team is also on-site to handle the fuel spill, according to officials.

Details about how the crash happened have not been released. It’s not clear at this time if any charges will be filed.

The road did not reopen until just after 9 p.m. and there could be intermittent closures on the southbound lanes as crews are still cleaning up the spill, county officials said.

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