Truck headed to Columbia overturns spilling tons of human waste near Carowinds

Published: Jun. 4, 2014 at 2:47 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2014 at 7:11 PM EDT
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(Source: WBTV)
(Source: WBTV)

FORT MILL, SC (AP) - Authorities say a truck carrying 18 tons of treated human waste has crashed in Fort Mill as the driver tried to get onto Interstate 77 Tuesday morning.

Emergency responders said the sludge came from a Charlotte, North Carolina, municipal treatment plant and has been treated enough to not be hazardous.

Authorities say the trucker was taking the waste to a Columbia landfill when he lost control on an access ramp to I-77 at Carowinds Boulevard near the North Carolina state line.

The accident happened just before 10:30 a.m.

The driver was not hurt, and no one else was involved in the wreck.

Officials called in heavy equipment to scoop the waste into another truck. The ramp was re-opened around 3 p.m.

South Carolina troopers say the truck driver will be cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. WBTV contributed to this report.