Tanker carrying hazardous material overturns

April 2, 2008 10:43:21 AM PDT
Interstate 26 in southeastern South Carolina is shut down in both directions after a tanker carrying hazardous material overturned. Officials say no serious injuries were reported Wednesday afternoon. They say hazardous materials teams are cleaning up the spill and traffic was being rerouted in the rural area as a precaution.

Health department spokesman Thom Berry said it's important that the spill is cleaned up quickly because the hazardous material becomes more toxic when it combines with water. The National Weather Service forecast a 50 percent chance of rain for the area Wednesday afternoon.

Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Paul Brouthers says no other vehicles were involved in the crash and the driver of the tanker had only minor cuts.

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