All lanes on Whiskey Road reopened around 1 a.m. Thursday morning after traffic was shut down for nearly 11 hours due to a tractor-trailer leaking fuel on the roadway.
Aiken Public Safety received a call around 2:25 p.m. Wednesday reporting a disabled tractor-trailer with a broken fuel line was causing a large traffic issue on Whiskey Road, said Lt. Jake Mahoney, with Aiken Public Safety.
The incident on Aiken's Southside left police to deal with a large traffic jam as southbound traffic was funneled to one lane. All northbound lanes were closed and re-routed while crews worked to clear the area.
The truck appeared to have a broken drive shaft, which caused the driver to lose control near Monterrey Drive across from the Walmart. The truck began leaking diesel fuel from the left gas tank as it coasted down the road, coming to a stop just past Cook Out.
There were no reported injuries.
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the S.C. Department of Transportation and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division all had officials on-scene to assist with cleanup of the fuel spill.
The tractor-trailer is believed to have leaked out around 100 to 125 gallons of fuel on the road, Mahoney said.
A specialized truck made to properly clean up and remove gasoline spills was called out, along with crews called to spread sand onto the roadway. These two methods were used to clean the gas from the area. .
Staff Writer Kristina Rackley contributed to this report