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Overturned fuel tanker closes DeWitt County highway

By KBell
March 24, 2011 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated March 23, 2011 at 10:24 p.m.


A gasoline tanker overturned on State Highway 119 between Yorktown and Smiley about 12:05 a.m. Thursday, sending one man to the hospital and closing the highway for several hours.

The driver struck a hog and lost control, rolling over the tanker that was carrying about 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 2,500 gallons of gasoline, said Dewitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky.

Communications Operator at the Texas Department of Public Safety Sue Schepis identified the driver as David Uriegas, 58, of San Antonio. Uriegas, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Cuero Community Hospital, with unknown injuries, Schepis said.

Zavesky said it's unclear how much of the fuel spilled, but that the highway was closed down until about 7:15 a.m.

The fuel was exposed to the environment and was transferred to another unit for transport, Schepis said.

Mission Petroleum Carriers Inc., of Houston, owns the vehicle and the materials it contained, Schepis said.

Trooper Kenneth Parma investigated the wreck, Schepis said.

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