Overturned tanker spills milk into Cove Creek

Published 2:53 pm Monday, July 3, 2017

SALUDA – A tanker overturned along I-26 early Saturday morning spilling milk into Cove Creek below.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said the single vehicle wreck happened along I-26 East near Holbert Cove just before 7 a.m. Saturday, July 1.

The N.C. Division of Water Resources for the Asheville Region responded and said there was approximately 6,000 gallons of raw milk spilled along I-26, which flowed from storm drains into Cove Creek. Cove Creek flows into the Green River.

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The N.C. Highway Patrol said the cause of the wreck was due to unsafe speed for road conditions.

The eastbound lane of I-26 was backed up much of the day following the spill.

The creek was discolored but there was no risk to humans. Although there was a slight risk to fish, no fish were found while the N.C. Division of Water Resources was on scene.

This was the second accident along I-26 eastbound in just a few days. On Thursday, June 29, a Two Men and a Truck vehicle overturned near Saluda and caused traffic delays.