West Tennessee nursing home evacuated after tanker leak

BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) -- More than a hundred nursing home residents were taken to a nearby recreation center after a tanker carrying gasoline overturned near Memphis.

The evacuation was done as a precaution and there were no injuries involved in the incident Friday in Bartlett. Most of the 104 residents were pushed in wheelchairs to the recreation center. About 20, who were bedridden, were moved by ambulances.

About 500 gallons of the truck's 8,500-gallon load leaked from the tank.

Police Lt. Rory Mack said the tanker flipped after its wheels slipped off a narrow street.

The fuel was being pumped into another truck, so the tanker could be righted.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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