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A Pine Hill family feels blessed after a fuel tanker missed its home Thursday afternoon.

“There was a potential for a big mess because they say that’s loaded with fuel,” said Mary Jane Davis, one of the homeowners. “The tank is full with fuel and with all these powerlines, I feel like we were really blessed.”

“My prayers are that everyone recovers completely from this with no lasting physical effects or mental effects,” Davis added.

Firefighters were called out to the three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Slab Landing Road and Neeses Highway at 3 p.m.

A van ran into the ditch in front of the home. The tractor-trailer veered off the road into the family’s front yard. No one was home at the time.

Davis said the tanker stopped roughly 10 feet short of their front steps.

Her son, Jamie Davis, received a call from his uncle telling him about the wreck.

When he got to the scene, Davis said he was able to help the driver of the truck into an EMS vehicle.

Davis said the driver wasn’t severely injured but did appear shaken up by the situation and sore.

Pine Hill Fire Department Chief Bernie Till said, “During the response, we were advised that there was a tanker truck involved in it and that there was a report of leaking fuel.”

He added that there were no safety concerns as the scene had been stabilized. The owner of the truck sent another vehicle to the scene pump out the fuel of the crashed truck so they could move it.

S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Tomson said the cause of the accident hasn’t yet been determined. The crash is still under investigation.

Orangeburg County Emergency Services Director Billy Staley said EMS transported three people.

No major injuries were reported, Tomson said.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5516.


Government Reporter

John Mack is a 2016 graduate of Claflin University. He is an Orangeburg native.

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