Thousands of gallons of spilled diesel fuel delayed traffic on the northbound lanes of U.S. 59 for hours Friday near the Jackson-Victoria county line after a tractor-trailer crash.

About 8:25 a.m., a northbound tractor-trailer carrying biodiesel fuel rolled, spilling about 4,800 gallons of fuel into Dry Creek, said Terry Jordan, a firefighter and paramedic for Jackson County’s Emergency Services District 3, which responded to the scene.

Fuel spill delays northbound traffic on U.S. 59 near Jackson-Victoria county line

A tractor-trailer rests on a creek overpass, blocking northbound traffic on U.S. 59. Friday morning, the tanker, carrying biodiesel fuel, rolled and spilled about 3,000 gallons of fuel into the creek.

After the initial crash, heavy fog caused another tractor- trailer and pickup to crash to avoid the wreck.

No one was injured in any of the crashes, Jordan said.

Traffic remained delayed until about 5 p.m., said a Jackson County dispatcher.

Andrea Morrow, a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said the affected creek, which has no residents nearby, had little water flowing, and there were no signs of impact to wildlife. TCEQ will oversee cleanup, which will require a vacuum truck. About 2,500 gallons had already been recovered Friday.

Fuel spill delays northbound traffic on U.S. 59 near Jackson-Victoria county line

A tractor-trailer rests on a creek overpass blocking northbound traffic on U.S. 59. On Friday morning the tanker, carrying biodiesel fuel rolled, spilling about 3,000 gallons of fuel into the creek.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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