A large military fuel tanker, part of a convoy of National Guard vehicles, was involved in a traffic accident on U.S. 1 Bypass near the intersection with Cranes Creek Road Saturday around 9 p.m.
The military convoy was heading south on U.S. 1 Bypass and was making a turn to head north when the accident occurred. According to authorities on the scene, the tanker truck driver pulled into the path of a Honda Accord heading north. The Honda crashed into the middle of the tanker and stopped just off the highway.
The female driver of the Honda and a child were injured in the accident. EMS evaluated them at the scene and transported them to Firsthealth Moore Regional hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two soldiers from the tanker truck were also assessed and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Cypress Pointe firefighter sprays water on U.S. 1 Bypass to clear debris after a fuel tanker was involved in an accident on Feb. 11, 2023.
Deputy Chief Jonathan Richardson of Cypress Pointe Fire & Rescue advised the tanker was carrying aviation fuel but did not suffer any fuel leaks in the accident.
Both northbound lanes were shut down for an extended period of time. The other vehicles in the convoy were seen lined up beside the road.
Also responding to the scene were Moore County Sheriff’s Department and N.C. State Highway Patrol.
~Article, photo and video by Sandhills Sentinel Publisher B.J. Goodridge.