Residents allowed back home after crash, fuel spill in Cabarrus County

Residents allowed back home after crash, fuel spill in Cabarrus County

CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Cabarrus County residents were allowed to go home after being evacuated due to a fuel spill of ethanol in the Concord area.

County officials say an 8,000-gallon tanker overturned on Highway 49 at Lenz Harness Shop Road Tuesday afternoon. Residents residing within half a mile of the spill were evacuated.

A temporary shelter was in place for the affected residents at the Cabarrus County Senior Center, located at 8615 Park Drive in Mt. Pleasant. Officials say they alerted residents via phone.

At 8:30 p.m. officials said residents were being allowed to go back to their homes. They said the shelter on Park Drive would be closed at 9 p.m.

It isn't clear how much ethanol was in the tanker at the time of the spill.

As of 8:30 p.m., officials said the process of removing the truck had begun, but had no estimates as to a finish time. They said earlier in the day that traffic on Hwy 49 could be affected "throughout the night."

Below is the message delivered to nearby residents:

"Fire personnel are on the scene of an active fuel spill at the intersection of NC HWY 49 and Lentz Harness Shop Rd.  For safety purposes, if you are receiving this call, you are within a half mile of this fuel spill.  Fire personnel have asked to evacuate residents within a half mile of the spill.  Please route AWAY from NC HWY 49 and Lentz Harness Shop Rd.  If you do not have a location to go to, the Senior Center in Mt. Pleasant is our temporary shelter, the address is 8615 Park Dr.  If you have any questions please call 704-920-3000."

As mentioned in the message, anyone with questions is asked to call 704-920-3000.

A similar spill happened Tuesday morning in Rowan County as well.

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