By Sheena Barnett
SALTILLO – An 18-wheeler transporting gasoline overturned on Birmingham Ridge Road on Monday, causing the road to be closed into the late evening.
The 18-wheeler was traveling west on Birmingham Ridge Road when the driver lost control and the truck flipped off the road and into a ditch at about 3:15 p.m., said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.
The accident occurred about a half mile from the Highway 145 intersection.
There was a gasoline leak, but it was contained quickly. A Hazmat team was on site. The road was shut down from Highway 145 to Beech Springs Road and homes within a half mile radius were evacuated as a precaution.
The driver, who was driving for Tommy Brooks Oil Company, was not injured and no other vehicles were involved, Johnson said.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will test the area for remaining gasoline and will clean it up, Johnson said.