Driver dies after 18-wheeler fuel spill crash on Hwy 76, coroner says

Published: Oct. 2, 2022 at 9:18 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 5:25 AM EDT
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LONG CREEK, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Oconee County Coroner’s Office said one person has died following a crash that caused a fuel leak and shut down part of Highway 76 Sunday night.

The coroner said 54-year-old Jerry Curtis Green of Franklin, North Carolina, was driving an 18-wheeler fuel truck around 6:15 p.m. when it overturned on Long Creek Highway near Spy Rock Road in Westminster. Sadly, Green passed away at the scene. The Coroner’s Office said they performed an autopsy on Monday and determined that positional asphyxiation caused his death. They also ruled his death an accident.

Green was in transit from the fuel depot at Belton, South Carolina, back to Franklin at the time of the crash, according to the coroner.

Oconee County Emergency Management said a part of Highway 76 was shut down as officials work to remove unknown fuel that spilled. As of 9 a.m. on Monday, the highway is back open.

Stay with Fox Carolina as we work to learn more.