According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, as of Tuesday morning, the incident at the north bound I-85 weigh station, at the 9 Mile Marker, is still on going and there is NO THREAT to the public at this time. All responders are still working to prepare for transferring the product from the affected tanker to the new tanker that has arrived on scene.
Anderson County is the recipient of mutual-aid from Oconee, Pickens, and Greenville Counties, the American Red Cross, along with SCHP, SC State Transport Police, SCDOT, SCDHEC, and the EPA.
“We are expecting a successful transfer of product later today and have the resources on hand to bring this incident to a successful conclusion,” said Captain Matthew P. Littleton, Deputy Emergency Manager for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
“There have been no reported injuries to either the public or the first responders throughout the event. As a precaution only, three homes remain under a voluntary evacuation request.” Homes beyond the 300 feet hazard zone are not affected nor are they expected to be affected.
The Red Cross continues to operate a temporary shelter at Double Springs Baptist Church.
According to officials, the interstate remains open, but officials are expecting a short window of delayed traffic while the tanker transition is being connected for transfer.
“It is important to note that there are numerous agencies that are working together to resolve this incident successfully,” Littleton said. “Anderson County would not be successful were it not for the relationships and mutual aid partners from across the region.”