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Hwy 123 in Easley back open after car fire, large fuel leak; eyewitness recounts scene

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Hwy 123 shut down after large fuel leak. (Source: Easley FD) Hwy 123 shut down after large fuel leak. (Source: Easley FD)
Scene of car fire on Hwy 123. (Credit: eyewitness) Scene of car fire on Hwy 123. (Credit: eyewitness)
Scene of car fire on Hwy 123. (Credit: eyewitness) Scene of car fire on Hwy 123. (Credit: eyewitness)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Drivers were asked to avoid Highway 123 in Easley after a vehicle fire caused a large fuel leak Sunday morning.

Per an alert by the Easley Fire Department, crews were working a vehicle fire on Highway 123 near Brushy Creek Road. Hwy 123 was shut down in both directions due to the incident. All four lanes were reopened by 11:30 a.m.

Drivers had to use alternate routes during that time.

Fire officials say the fire caused a large fuel leak which they, along with the Pickens County Hazmat Team, worked to contain. According to Fire Chief Butch Womack, the vehicle was carrying a 30 gallon spare gas tank that was feeding the fire. A portable fire pit was in the back of the vehicle and reignited, causing the fire to spread to the spare gas tank. The fire also caused the regular gas tank on the car to breach.

Firefighters used an attack line, dry chemical fire extinguishers, and foam to extinguish the fire. Foam was used to cover the fuel that had spilled. 

An eyewitness said she noticed the truck was on fire while she was stopped at a red light, but that the couple inside had no idea. She said she began honking her horn to alert them.

"I was like 'Oh my gosh! The back of their truck is on fire.' So I honked my horn thinking they would look, but they took off," the eyewitness said. "So I'm just sitting there on my horn. I sat on it so frantically like 'ok someone's got to look'".

She said finally the occupants pulled over into the median as they called for help.

"Thank the good Lord I was there. If they would have went any farther down the road...they didn't even know it was on fire."

No injuries were reported. 

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