Posted: Thursday, December 20th 2012 at 6:39pm
Banks County emergency personnel stay busy with wrecks, fire
By Rob Moore Editor
HOMER – Banks County Fire and EMS personnel stayed busy Thursday with wrecks and a motorhome fire, with some of those incidents affecting traffic on Interstate 85.
Just before noon, emergency personnel were dispatched to a commercial vehicle incident on I-85 near the Martin Bridge Road exit.
“We got called out to an 18-wheeler that was in the median right at Martin Bridge exit, Exit 154,” said Chief Brian Eubanks of Banks County Fire and EMS. “Upon arrival, the driver was out of the vehicle – the trailer was empty – and the truck had punctured the fuel tanks on it. We did have fuel leaking.”
Emergency personnel had to take steps to contain the leaking diesel fuel, especially with the rain falling.
“We diked an area, pooled the area, and notified the state of a fuel leak,” Eubanks said. “Seymour’s Wrecker Service came out and got the truck and took care of the fuel leak. We had approximately 75 gallons on the ground.”
Georgia Department of Transportation personnel assisted at the scene, shutting down one northbound lane of I-85 during the 2.5-hour clean-up process.
Asked whether the incident was the result of the truck hydroplaning on the interstate, Eubanks said, “The guy’s not sure.”
While on the scene of that incident on I-85, Banks County Fire and EMS personnel were called to another single-vehicle wreck with entrapment on Georgia Highway 326 at Carson Road, south of I-85.
Eubanks said there were no serious injuries, though the car’s driver was transported by ambulance.
“It was a one-car, it went off the roadway, did have entrapment,” Eubanks said. “We responded one med unit, one engine for extrication, and I called for Franklin County Rescue as backup.”
Banks County Fire and EMS personnel started their day with a commercial vehicle fire shortly after 6 a.m., also at the Martin Bridge Road exit off I-85.
“We had a commercial vehicle fire on the off-ramp at Martin Bridge Road – right across the road” from the later tractor-trailer incident, Eubanks said. That fire was in a diesel-powered motorhome.
“I estimated it at probably around $350,000,” Eubanks said. “It was a total loss. We do not know what started the fire, but it was not in the engine compartment.”
Banks County responded three engines, a squad, and an ambulance to that fire, Eubanks said. Personnel remained on the scene for about two hours.
In addition to the above calls, emergency personnel from Banks County also responded to an incident on U.S. Highway 441 at Wofford Creek Road mid-morning Thursday, and to another minor wreck on I-85 Thursday afternoon, as well as medical calls.
“We’ve all stayed wet most of the day,” Eubanks said. “We’ve had a mess, but no major injuries, so that’s always a good thing.”
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