UPDATE: Gallons of Ethanol spill on I-520; Riverkeeper says public is not in danger

Tanker spills over 1,000 gallons of Ethanol on I-520

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - FOX 54 is learning new details on what caused a tanker to spill more than a thousand gallons of ethanol on I-520. The leak closed both lanes near exit 16 for hours on Monday.

The owner of that trucking company is offering a reward for any information that can lead to the driver who made this happen.

Traffic backed up for miles in Georgia and South Carolina with lanes closed for hours on I-520 & Bobby Jones Expressway on Monday afternoon. According to the Augusta Fire Department, the truck owned by Marko Petroleum spilled more than a thousand gallons of ethanol in the area

"Evidently another truck was in front of him pulling another truck and the bed liner cover from the truck that he was pulling actually come off and lodged onto the windshield of our truck," says John Butler, President of Marko Petroleum.

Butler says his driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries but the person who is responsible for this is still missing. But the concern for most of the day was was the chemical compound.

"If it had been a little bit before or after this site it would have dumped directly into the Savannah River," says Tonya Bonitatibus, Savannah Riverkeeper.

The Riverkeeper says the public isn't in danger at the moment because the spillage happened in a very compact area at Pollard Pond.

"It can cause breathing problems, but it would be very difficult for anybody to access it in the first place," explains Bonitatibus.

While there were no serious injuries reported, Butler says he's offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of the driver who he says is responsible.

"We want to know who it was, we want to identify the truck that was pulling the truck and they should be held responsible for what has happened. It could have been much worse," he says.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is in the early parts of the investigation and could not comment if they are searching for this driver.

If you think you have information that could lead to the arrest of the driver, Contact John Butler - JButler1200@gmail.com

At approximately 2:00 pm, the Augusta Fire Department received a call that a tanker truck spilled over a thousand gallons of ethanol fuel on Bobby Jones Expressway by Laney Walker Boulevard and exit 16.

Richmond County Sheriff's Office has shut down Bobby Jones Expressway at Doug Bernard for eastbound traffic. The westbound lanes at Sandbar Ferry Road are also closed to allow for clean-up.

Several agencies are assisting with the accident and clean up.

HAZMAT teams are at the scene and crews are cleaning up the spill.

The tanker truck driver was taken to the hospital but was reported with no life-threatening injuries.

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