Residents allowed to return home hours after tanker spills fuel in Cabarrus County

Traffic on N.C. 49 in Cabarrus County will be affected through Tuesday night by an overturned tanker that spilled an unknown amount of ethanol.

About 26 families in Mount Pleasant were told to evacuate following the accident on N.C. 49 at Lentz Harness Shop Road. They were allowed to go home at 8:30 p.m., officials said.

Travelers were asked to stay out of the area.

A temporary shelter was opened for evacuated residents at the Cabarrus County Senior Center in Mount Pleasant until they were given the all-clear to return to their houses.

The tanker held 8,000 gallons of ethanol when it overturned at 12:29 p.m., but officials said it hasn’t been determined how much fuel spilled.

At 3 p.m., county officials said crews assisted by the Charlotte Regional Hazmat Team had stopped the leak and were assessing its environmental impact.

Cabarrus County EMS said one patient with injuries that were not life-threatening was taken to Carolinas HealthCare System Northeast.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS