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PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va.  — A tanker truck has overturned on Thweatt Drive in Prince George County.

The road will remained closed as crews offload the gasoline and diesel fuel on board the tanker and then upright it.

The process is expected to take several hours. The truck was carrying 700 gallons of diesel fuel and 500 gallons of gasoline. Officials said that around 10 gallons of the liquid spilled onto the roadway.

Hamzat  are on scene helping to clean up.

The tanker overturned at Thweatt Drive and Prince George Drive.

Officers tell CBS 6 that the driver was ejected from the truck, but officers haven’t declared what caused the wreck.

Some residents were evacuated as a precaution, but officials say there is no immediate threat to anyone.

“We have Hazmat crews in right now to put a clamp on top of it to stop the leak all together,” said Chief Brad Owens, with Prince George County Fire &EMS.

A neighbor in the area expressed his frustration that these trucks — that he called big-rigs — are using Thweatt Drive as a short-cut to get around Interstate 95.

“You have a lot of vehicles here that have no business here,” Franz Artis said. “I want to see the speed limit and weight limit on the trucks going through here.”

CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones is at the scene of the accident, and will have more information and updates at the top of the 5 p.m. newscast. 

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