Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Hazard Material Team Dispatched to Accident Scene

January 25, 2018

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services and the Cherokee County Hazardous Materials Team responded to an accident just shortly after 11 o’clock this morning on I-575, just south of Exit 14.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a tractor trailer truck and 2 cars involved in an accident. The truck had a ruptured gas tank which resulted in the Haz-mat team responding. According to Sgt. Michael Sims, approximately 10 gallons of gasoline spilled onto the ground, however, the Haz-mat team was able to contain the leak very quickly. Firefighters also shut down I-575 due to the gas leak. 

Two people in a Nissan Ultima were taken to Marietta’s Kennestone Hospital to be evaluated. According to Sgt. Michael Sims, both patients were in stable condition.  The driver of the Chrysler 200 and the driver of the Tractor Trailer were not transported.

All lanes were opened at 12:35 this afternoon. No additional injuries were reported.

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Members of the Cherokee County Haz-mat Team work to get the fuel spill contained.
Members of the Cherokee County Haz-mat Team work to get the fuel spill contained. (click image for slideshow)
The accident occurred on I-575 just below Exit 14.
The accident occurred on I-575 just below Exit 14.
The fuel came from the gas tank of a transfer truck.
The fuel came from the gas tank of a transfer truck.