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Trailer overturns in Rock Hill; Main Street blocked at Heckle Boulevard

Traffic is closed on West Main Street at Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill after a tractor-trailer rolled over Thursday just before noon.
Traffic is closed on West Main Street at Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill after a tractor-trailer rolled over Thursday just before noon. cmuccigrosso@heraldonline.com

A second traffic blockage was ongoing on West Main Street in Rock Hill Thursday after a trailer overturned at the intersection of Heckle Boulevard, police said.

A trailer is on its side in the intersection of Main Street and Heckle.

The wreck before noon caused Rock Hill and state officials to close most of the intersection for several hours as the trailer was unloaded, police said. Traffic heading west on Main Street was diverted but after a couple of hours officials were able to open a single lane of eastbound traffic.

The driver of the truck pulling the trailer was cited for a traffic infraction, police said.

S.C. Department of Transportation officials are investigating the crash along with Rock Hill police. More than a dozen emergency vehicles were on scene from fire, police, emergency management, and other agencies.

The trailer contained liquid in bags that leaked , said Capt. Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department. The liquid is not a hazardous material but officials did not want it to leech into the storm drains because the material is known to deplete oxygen from water supplies, Bollinger said.

Firefighters and other emergency officials used dry materials to soak up the liquid while loads of sand were brought in to soak up more of the leaking liquid, police said. The material then had to be loaded for disposal, Bollinger said.

Police did not report any injuries.

Les than a mile east of that crash site, West Main Street between Cherry Road and Constitution Boulevard is closed as local, state, and federal agents investigate a fire that destroyed Gospel Light Baptist Church.

Check back for traffic updates on both road closures.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald

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