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US Highway 87 reopens after officials clean up 500 gallons of fuel

By By Jessica Priest - JPRIEST@VICAD.COM
Sept. 15, 2012 at 4:15 a.m.
Updated Sept. 16, 2012 at 4:16 a.m.


Officials reopened U.S. Highway 87 about 9 a.m. Saturday, about 12 hours after a tanker truck leaked 500 gallons of fuel onto the highway, said Rhonda Ehlinger, a communications operator for the Department of Public Safety.

The tanker overturned at the intersection of FM 2922, about 3 miles east of Nixon because of a crash that involved a Ford F-250 about 8:40 p.m. Friday.

No injuries were reported in the crash, which was in Gonzales County.

The tanker truck was carrying about 6,000 gallons of fuel, which was cleaned up by a hazardous material team, Ehlinger said.

"They were there to unload the fuel and remediate the area," she said about the special team. Ehlinger said there were no environmental concerns as a result of the crash.

The driver of the tanker truck was taken to a nearby hospital, treated for minor injuries and then released, Ehlinger said.

Neither the identity of the tanker truck nor the Ford F-250 was available. The cause of the crash and how it occurred also were not available Saturday.

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