As of 5 o’clock this afternoon, word from Newberry County indicated that progress was being made in the clean-up of an overturned tanker truck. In the meantime, US 76 remained closed until the cleanup is completed. The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office via a Nixle Alert that an 18 wheeler has overturned near Kinards, blocking US Highway 76. The truck was reported to be hauling explosive grade ammonium nitrate, blasting caps and is leaking diesel fuel.
A mandatory evacuation of the area was ordered after the wreck, sometime around 1:30 this afternoon. The 18 wheeler reportedly overturned at the intersection of Riser Road and US 76, which is 2.15 miles into Newberry County from Kinards, just past the Westvaco Lumber Yard.
Interstate 26 is suggested as a possible Detour route. US 76 may remain closed for a while longer this evening.
5:25 – Newberry County Sheriff’s Office reports the explosive materials have been removed from the scene of the wreck, so there’s no immediate threat of explosion; however, US 76 remained closed pending final cleanup.