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Propane truck leak forces evacuations, road closure on U.S. 319

Propane truck leak forces evacuations, road closure on U.S. 319
Posted at 11:32 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 17:14:49-04

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — A traffic accident involving a tractor and a propane tank truck had a part of U.S. Highway 319 in Grady County closed for hours due to a propane spill.

All lanes are now open U.S 319 in both directions but hours ago, that was not the case.

At around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, there was a call about a traffic accident involving a tractor and a propane tank truck. Fire crews arrived on scene but found that there was a propane leak. '

Crews decided to put in an evacuation within a half a mile radius. Then came the waiting as crews could not begin clean up until the propane tank leaked all of its fuel.

At around 2:30 p.m., after hours of waiting, crews finally began clean up.

Grady County Fire Chief Richard Phillips says he is glad no one was seriously injured.

"There was one guy on the tractor and the tanker truck came and hit them from behind what it appears to be and then both drivers was out of their vehicles and one was hauled to the hospital and the other was 10-4 walking around," said Chief Phillips.

Grady County EMS says they are not concerned with impacts to the environment.


The Georgia State Patrol is on scene of a crash involving a leaking propane truck.

The accident was reported to Georgia State Patrol around 10:27 a.m. Wednesday on U.S. 319, just a mile away from Meridian Road. Officials report the crash involved a 2,700 gallon propane tank truck and a tractor.

Two people involved in the crash were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Earlier Wednesday, evacuations took place within a half mile radius from the scene, including for first responders.

All lanes of U.S. 319 are now reopened.

Fire officials flew a drone over the scene and saw that the tanker was still leaking. At about 2:30 p.m., officials began cleaning up the leak. Response units are standing by with water and foam in case the tank catches fire.

This is a developing story. We will bring you more updates as they become available.