Truck hauling explosives overturns on Georgia highway

Georgia News

SILVER CITY, Ga. (WGCL) – A truck carrying thousands of pounds of materials used to make explosives collided with four vehicles on a Georgia highway Tuesday, closing down the roadway.

The accident happened around 5 a.m. on a rural highway in Dawson County, just north of Atlanta.

The truck leaked about five gallons of petroleum-based ammonium nitrate which is used in mining and rock quarries.

First responders say initial concerns about the truck exploding were unfounded. It was originally reported that the truck was carrying 10,000 pounds of dynamite.

“It’s not dynamite. Really the biggest concern for us is a fire. But you have to have several components to actually make that happen. There has to be that ignition source,” explained Dawson County Fire Chief Danny Thompson.

Two people received minor injuries in the accident and a small area near the scene was evacuated.

Pamela Russell, 64, of Gainesville, was arrested and booked at Dawson County Jail for driving under the influence of drugs and failure to maintain lane in relation to the crash.

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