North Georgia experienced a dangerous incident on September 10, 2019, with a four-vehicle crash that occurred 70 miles to the northeast of Atlanta at 5:30 a.m. A truck carrying 6,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate crashed and flipped on Highway 53 East. Two people involved in the crash sustained minor injuries.
Georgia State Patrol have indicated a motorist under the influence of drugs was at fault for the accident. The driver lost control of her vehicle, crossed the center line, and sideswiped the truck, causing the truck driver to lose control and flip. The impaired motorist went on to sideswipe a second vehicle, and rear-end a third.
Fuel spilled from the truck on Highway 53 East, igniting public safety concerns, according to Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services on Facebook. Specifically, the Dawson County officials said the liquid spilled from the truck is “an ammonium nitrate/fuel oil emulsion.” However, the truck was not loaded with dynamite as reported earlier by the Associated Press.
A number of agencies are involved and investigating the scene, and an evacuation near Silver City has been called, as reported by WSB-TV and other news outlets. Luckily, no homes are located in the evacuation area.
The truck was designed to carry the explosives safely, but since some of the emulsion was leaking out of the truck the Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services warned travelers to stay away from the area. Motorists were advised to follow alternative routes. The explosives were designed to be used for blasting in mining, site clearing and construction.
There were road closures in a mile-long stretch between Blue Ridge Overlook and Dawson Forest Road, which have since been re-opened thanks to the prompt aid of local, state and private partners who helped to mitigate the risk posed by the leaking emulsion.
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