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Overturned gas tanker closes North Georgia highway for hours

The tanker was carrying 9,000 gallons of gas at the time of the crash.
The tanker was carrying 9,000 gallons of gas at the time of the crash.

All lanes of Ga. 365 in Habersham County have reopened hours after a gasoline tanker crashed, authorities said.

The crash occurred just south of Duncan Bridge Road on Friday morning. The overturned tanker was carrying 9,000 gallons of gas at the time, Habersham County Emergency Services Director Chad Black said.

The road was closed in both directions from Duncan Bridge to Alto Mud Creek roads, and all businesses in the area were affected until the road reopened a little after 5 p.m., Black said.

He said crews had to offload the fuel by drilling into each section. “It’s very time-consuming due to the dangers of doing this,” he said.

The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Department of Transportation and Baldwin Fire and Police assisted with the incident.

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