Tanker accident part of a big problem, workers say - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tanker accident part of a big problem, workers say

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A tanker truck hauling 9,000 gallons of fuel overturned at New Allen Road and Raleigh-Millington Road early Friday afternoon.

Memphis police blocked all roads leading to the BP gas station near the accident after the tanker overturned. Emergency crews were prepared to deal with a 9,000 gallon fuel spill, but luckily there were no major leaks.

"It wasn't no big deal," driver Tony Smith said.

A short time later, Smith's tanker was upright, and he went on to empty his load of fuel into the station's gas reservoir.

"I just went to make a right turn and the trailer wheel just went off the road a little bit, that's all," Smith said.

But some say its a matter of time before disaster strikes.  Store employees say there needs to be better signage at the station, because Friday's tanker was the seventh that's overturned trying to get around the curve.

Friday's story had a safe and happy ending, but a store employee says the next time he, his customers, and residents in the area might not be so lucky. 

All roads in the area of the accident were re-opened by late Friday afternoon.

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