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Gas tanker overturns on I-985 northbound, snarling traffic for hours
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Hall County firefighters hose down an overturned tanker truck with foam Thursday night on I-985 northbound in South Hall.

Dec. 6 update: Interstate 985 reopened at about 3:40 a.m.


A tanker truck hauling gasoline overturned Thursday evening on I-985, spilling gas, closing the interstate and tying up traffic for hours.

Hall County Fire Services responded to the incident about 6 p.m. at mile marker 9, just north of Friendship Road in South Hall.

The tanker had a capacity of 9,000 gallons, but only leaked approximately 20 gallons of gasoline onto the ground, according to Division Chief Zach Brackett of Hall County Fire Services. 

All leaks were controlled, Brackett wrote in an email, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division was notified. 

Traffic was being diverted onto Friendship Road.

Around 9:30 p.m., Georgia State Patrol, Hall County Fire Services and wrecker services were among the groups out at the scene. A third-party contractor arrived around then to offload the fuel.

“They’ll have to bring out another tanker trailer out there and offload the material before they try to move the truck,” Brackett said.

Authorities sprayed foam on the tanker truck to suppress the vapors from the gasoline that could ignite. 

Brackett said it will likely be cleared overnight before the morning rush hour unless there are other delays.

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A tanker truck hauling gas turned over Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, on I-985 northbound at mile marker 9, spilling a small amount of gas and closing the road. - photo by Hall County Fire Services
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