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Wreck causes fuel leak, shuts down highway

By KBell
May 26, 2011 at 12:26 a.m.

A collision between a Mazda Protege and a dump truck resulted in the leak of 40 gallons of diesel fuel, which shut down traffic along Houston Highway on Thursday morning.

A collision that resulted in the spill of about 40 gallons of diesel fuel shut down eastbound and westbound traffic on Houston Highway about 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

The crash that occurred about 10 a.m. blocked traffic flow from N. Ben Jordan Street to Palm Drive. Houston Highway was reopened at 2:56 p.m., according to Police Sgt. Lee Lemmons.

A Mazda Protege driven by Cassandra Machicek, 32, of Victoria was eastbound on Houston Highway when it struck a dump truck driven by Jose Casas, 58, of Victoria, said Victoria Police Officer Shane Wallace.

Machicek said the dump truck, owned by J&R Backhoe Service, switched into her lane, dragging her vehicle along before it crashed onto the curb. Casas denied switching lanes, Wallace said.

The collision caused diesel fuel to leak from a tank underneath the passenger's side of the dump truck.

No one was injured in the crash.

Wallace said diesel fuel was spread along the stretch of highway, requiring cleanup from city crews.

Given the conflicting accounts of the wreck, the case is under investigation.

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