Crews had to shut down a road in York County after a crash involving a propane truck Monday afternoon, and cleanup could last the rest of the week. McFarland Road is closed from Benfield Road to the roundabout intersection at Gordon Road, Cameron Road and Highway 324, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the propane tanker was hurt in the accident, but he is charged with driving too fast for conditions. York 1 District Schools have been notified about the closure so that bus routes can be adjusted.
The road was originally set to be reopened a few hours after the crash, but Channel 9 was told that valves on the propane truck were damaged and crews can’t move the propane to another vehicle.
Instead, they will have to burn off the propane in the truck which could take 4-5 days. The Department of Health and Environmental Control, Emergency Management, the gas company are on the scene monitoring the burn off.
Volunteers firefighters will also be out at the scene to monitor the flares. Officials said they didn’t want to risk towing the tanker away and have it breach, so they thought burning off the gas would be the safest way.