Clean up Continues on Highway 280 in Lee County

The clean up continues after a tanker truck wrecked, spilling gasoline on a Lee County highway. As of now, crews are on the scene at Highway 280 West in Smiths Station.  Those crews are emptying the remaining 8,000 gallons of gasoline from the truck.

State Troopers are hoping to re-open 280 by 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night, but drivers are still encouraged to take alternate routes.

The accident happened around noon Wednesday.  We're told a tanker swerved to avoid hitting a white car and the tanker flipped several times, ending up in a ditch. The driver of the tanker died at a hospital.

Officers are searching for the driver of the white car, who they say left the scene.

After crews complete the clean up, they will then begin to remove the tanker.  At this time they are still trying to decide the best way to do that.

Stay with WSFA 12 News for the latest developments.