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Tanker truck wrecks near Nakina kills Bladen County man

Revised on: 08.10.2018 at 11:11 a.m.

Posted on: 08.8.2018 at 10:13 p.m.

Nakina firefighters pour foam onto the smouldering wreckage. A cross from a previous fatality on “Dead Man’s Curve” is pictured behind the firefighters.

Emergency crews from across southern Columbus County responded Wednesday night to an 18-wheeler tanker truck wreck on N.C. 905 south of Nakina. The driver, Chris Settlemeyer, 39, of Bladen County, was killed. No one else was injured.

The incident occurred in an “s curve” near John Gore Road.

The curve is known as “Dead Man’s Curve” due to the high number of fatal wrecks that have occurred there. Wreckage from the tanker lay next to a burned cross marking a previous fatality.

Crews responded to a tanker truck fire on Highway 905 near Nakina Wednesday night. (Contributed photo)

The 911 Center received the call around 9:15 p.m. It was initially believed that the tanker struck a home, but it was later determined not to be the case.

The southbound tanker knocked down power lines and caught nearby woods on fire. Witnesses said they heard a loud explosion and saw a large fire ball.

A Nakina Fire and Rescue member said she heard an explosion from her home nearly a mile away. A bystander said he heard the wreck and went to the scene but could get no closer than 100 yards due to the heat and downed power lines. Flames shot higher than the treetops, he said.

Crews from numerous fire departments, including Nakina, Williams Township and Old Dock-Cypress Creek responded. Officials on scene also requested a hazmat team and the county air and foam truck. They used a drone to survey the scene from the air.

Fire, rescue, Highway Patrol, hazmat and Brunswick Electric units were on the scene until after 2 a.m. DOT crews put up barricades blocking N.C. 905.

Check back with for additional details as they become available.

Firefighters at the scene of the crash.


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Posted by The News Reporter on Thursday, August 9, 2018

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