Bankhead Highway was closed for several hours Monday afternoon after tractor-trailer accident near Pierce Road.
The tractor-trailer was carrying a tanker containing 4,800 gallons of flammable liquid.
No leakage occurred, but emergency services personnel treated the scene as a hazardous material incident.
Engine 5, Med 4, Ladder 7 and Battalion 1, the department’s hazmat trailer, interim chief John Skinner and interim deputy chief Bryan Bullock responded to the incident.
Barrow County Emergency Services personnel worked with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and staff from Stepan to develop a plan to control and mitigate the situation. One home in the area was evacuated as a precaution. The entire operation took a little over six hours.
”With this type of situation we must be prepared for the worst while hoping for the best,” said Barrow County Emergency Services public information officer Lt. Scott Dakin. “This time, thanks to the cooperation with the trucking company, Stepan Company and the towing company, as well as the professionalism and training of the firefighters, sheriff deputies and communication officers, this situation turned out the best possible way.”