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A South Carolina man said he is lucky to be alive after he went around a curve on I-77 and lost control.

It happened just after 6 a.m. on the southbound lanes of I-77 between the Kenna and Goldtown exits.

The tractor trailer flipped on its side and spilled diesel fuel all over the place.

The Environmental Protection Agency was forced to clean up the mess because the spill was so bad.

Troopers said accidents like this one are not uncommon on I-77.  

Sergeant J.P. Murphy said they respond to at least one semi-truck rollover accident a month.

He said troopers are increasing patrols on I-77 to make their presence known and hopefully reduce the amount of accidents.

"On I-64, they actually really reduced the fatalities.  We're trying to do that here on I-77 here in Jackson, Kanawha, and Wood Counties also," he said.

The idea is not to write tickets but he said they will if they have to.

He said speeding is a common issue on I-77 and if people see their cruisers, it might encourage them to slow down.