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No charges filed in Selma tanker collision

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SELMA — Selma Police Chief Billy Thomas said Thursday no charges have been filed in a collision between two fuel transport trucks that occurred near the intersection of U.S. 301 and U.S. 70 in Selma around 5:20 a.m. Wednesday.

We have not determined fault or issued any citations or charges," said Thomas. "We are still investigating thoroughly before making any decisions."

The accident prompted law enforcement officers to detour all traffic in the area while the wreck was cleaned up, said Selma Fire Chief Phillip McDaniel.

Police identified the driver of the New Dixie tanker as Ronald Parker. The other driver has not been identified.

McDaniel said one sustained minor injuries and the other had serious injuries. They were both taken to local hospitals for treatment.

McDaniel said diesel fuel in one of the trucks had to be offloaded to another vehicle, but no fuel was spilled at the site, and hazmat damage was minimal.

One of the trucks was owned by Dixie Oil Co. of Roanoke Rapids; the other was owned by Eagle Transport of Selma. Traffic was shut down five hours.

“This could have been a lot worse,” saidThomas. “It could have been another “Catch Me Eye” explosion.

The wreck's location is known locally as “Catch Me Eye” and is where a truck bound for Fort Bragg in 1942 loaded with 30,000 pounds of munitions collided with an automobile and caught on fire about 100 yards north of Catch Me Eye, bringing traffic to a halt.