Fuel Tankers Collide In Selma

A busy intersection was closed for more than five hours this morning (Wednesday) after two fuel tankers collided.  It happened around 5:20am at the intersection of Highway 70 and Highway 301 in the Selma city limits.

No fuel was spilled from the tankers but crews had to offload fuel from one of the damaged tankers before the trucks could be towed from the scene.

Selma Police Chief Billy Thomas said a New Dixie tanker driven by Ronald Parker failed to stop and ran into the rear of an Eagle Transport tanker at the intersection.  Chief Thomas said his officers had to pull Parker from the mangled cab of his truck. Both drivers sustained minor injuries. Parker was transported to the hospital.

Hundreds of motorists were forced to detour around the accident scene until the intersection was fully reopened. Photos by John Payne