Tanker truck overturns in Laurel

Officials are now saying the cleanup of an 18-wheeler which overturned in Laurel earlier today may take longer than expected, but residents evacuated to a Red Cross shelter should be able to return home this evening.

The tanker truck turned over at Victoria and East 7th Streets in Laurel.

Police officials evacuated everyone within 1000 feet of the scene, closing down several businesses.

No injuries have been reported.

The 18-wheeler was hauling 7,800 lbs of denatured ethanol when it missed a turn and tipped over onto its side into a ditch as the driver attempted to turn around in a residential area.

There are no leaks, but precautions are being taken as crews attempt to transfer the ethanol into another tanker as well as right the vehicle.