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Traffic lanes closed in accident that left one man injured

By BY GHENI PLATENBURG
July 19, 2010 at 2:19 a.m.

Emergency crews clear gasoline from the intersection of Main and Red River streets after two vehicles collided on Monday morning.

A two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Main and Red River Streets left one man injured and closed down traffic lanes in all directions on Monday morning.

Around 11:10 a.m., a black Ford Explorer was eastbound on Red River, when its driver sped up to try to beat a yellow light, said Officer Travis Hanson.

The Explorer ended up T-boning a Chevrolet truck that was traveling north on Main Street.

The crash busted the Chevrolet's full gas tank, causing a large amount of the truck's gasoline to spill on the road.

The Victoria Fire Department was on hand to clean up the scene, which took more than 45 minutes.

"Gas is highly flammable. We wanted to make sure that we stopped anything that might have caused an ignition before the fire department gave the all clear," said Hanson.

Victoria resident David Marshall, who was driving the Chevrolet, was taken to Citizens Medical Center via ambulance where he was treated and released.

The Explorer's driver, Issac Valdez, also of Victoria, was uninjured.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.

Valdez was issued a citation for running a red light, Hanson said.

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