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Oil tank truck rolls over near Lumberton

First responders remained at the scene of an early-afternoon accident involving an oil tank truck that has blocked the southbound lane of U.S. 11 near Lumberton.

James Smith, Lamar County emergency management director, said an 18-wheeler hauling crude oil had tried to maneuver around a construction vehicle about 1:40 p.m. where work is being done on the highway north of Lumberton.

“He tried to go around, hit some soft dirt on the edge of the road and rolled it over,” Smith said. “It’s on its side.”

The area where the accident occurred already was closed to through traffic because of the road construction.

“The only thing really affected is there at Hess Road and the Hunt refinery,” Smith said. “The rest of it was all blocked off before.”

Smith said no oil had leaked from the tanker and that another 18-wheeler was en route to offload the crude.

“Wreckers are there, and once they get about half of it out, they’ll get the truck back upright, and then offload the rest,” Smith said.

Smith said crews expected to have the scene cleared by 6 p.m.

From Hattiesburg American