Southbound lane of Highway 49 reopen after tanker accident

Photo provided by Heather Dobbs
Photo provided by Heather Dobbs

By Jeff Daley – email

Seminary, (WDAM)- The Covington County Sheriff's office has confirmed that the southbound lane of Highway 49 in Seminary has reopened following a military tanker truck accident early Saturday afternoon.

The accident created havoc for travelers as firemen and National Guard troops worked to clean up the scene.

A witness at the scene said the tanker was traveling southbound on 49 when it suddenly went airborne, flipped over, landed upside down and caught fire.

The driver and one passenger were pulled to safety from the burning wreckage. They apparently escaped serious injury.

Firefighters from Covington County, Seminary, and Sanford were able to get the fire under control and then worked well into the late afternoon hours hosing the tanker down with foam as the soldiers worked to upright the wreckage and clear the highway.

Because of the dangerous nature of the cargo traffic was diverted around the scene for hours causing several miles of backups in both the North and South bounds lanes.

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