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Overturned fuel tanker blocking Russell Parkway proves to be a challenge to remove

A fuel tanker overturned just before 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2016 in the westbound lanes of Russell Parkway coming from Ga. 247.
A fuel tanker overturned just before 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2016 in the westbound lanes of Russell Parkway coming from Ga. 247. Special to The Telegraph

An accident involving an overturned fuel tanker blocked Russell Parkway for more than 21 hours.

Motorists who heard about the detours Monday were surprised to find the road still blocked into the evening, overnight and early Tuesday morning.

The truck fell over on its side shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday in the westbound lanes coming from the exit ramp of Ga. 247.

Warner Robins police, working with the Georgia Department of Public Safety, which is investigating the accident, initially closed all lanes of that stretch of Russell Parkway due to the fuel spill, which was in danger of affecting the railroad tracks below.

The truck’s drain pipes were damaged in the accident, which required special equipment to empty the tank so it could be up-righted and cleared.

The truck was back up by 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Crews were cleaning the road before dawn. In all, about 35 gallons of fuel had spilled.

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s website was continually adjusting clearance time overnight, but the road finally reopened about 9 a.m.

No one was hurt in the one-vehicle accident.

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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