1 dead after crash in Stokesdale involving tanker truck; hazmat crews stop small leak

Piedmont Triad News

STOKESDALE, N.C. (WGHP) — NC troopers are investigating a fatal crash involving the driver of a tanker truck along Belews Creek Road in Guilford County on Monday evening.

The road is currently closed to traffic at its intersection with Newberry Street stretching at least a few hundred yards west of the intersection.  

Trooper C. Allison with the Highway Patrol says the tanker, the only vehicle involved in the crash, is loaded with 6,000 gallons of a known product.

Authorities are not releasing the name of that product at this time.  

Authorities say it is expected to be a lengthy cleanup process and cannot give an estimate of when the incident will be cleared.  

Nearby residents say their power is out, and a call to Duke Energy indicates about 39 customers in the area are without power.  

Todd Gauldin, chief of the Stokesdale Fire Department, says the Guilford County Hazardous Materials Response Team was able to stop a small leak on the tanker.   

Some residents who live within about 1,000 feet of the wreck were evacuated earlier in the evening but have since been allowed to return to their homes.  

The highway patrol is not releasing the name of the company the truck belongs to and is not releasing the identity of the driver.  

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