POSTED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 6:54pm
NACOGDOCHES — Officials in Nacogdoches are currently working to contain the spill of a large amount of gasoline that escaped from a transport truck in the 400 block of West Main this afternoon.
The incident occurred shortly after 2:30 pm when a transport truck owned by Morgan Oil Company of Nacogdoches was on a delivery to the Chevron station in the 400 block of West Main. The driver of the truck struck a retaining post at a gas pump with the trailer of the truck, causing damage to a valve on the truck.
Officials estimate that approximately 2100 gallons of gasoline escaped from the truck and ran into the Banita Creek. Fire Department and Haz-Mat officials began work immediately to stop the flow of fuel and contain the spill in the creek.
The police department evacuated the immediate area and began stopping and diverting traffic. TXDOT, TCEQ, City Public Works and other officials responded to the scene. The Nacogdoches Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team volunteers were activated, and they monitored the creek to keep spectators from going to the creek.
A dam was constructed on the Banita Creek near the city softball complex on Martin Luther King Blvd. and the spill was contained at that point. Haz-Mat crews will use equipment, including vacuum trucks, to clean the gasoline from the creek.
Roads in the area, specifically West Main and Old Tyler Road in the area of the spill will be closed until further notice.
Due to the spill, the following intersections will be closed until 10:00 pm Wednesday:
West Main St. from Pearl St. to Bremond and Old Tyler Rd. from West Main to Powers.
Nacogdoches Police officials are working a gasoline spill from a transport truck that occurred at the Chevron Station at West Main and Old Tyler Road.
The Old Tyler Road, West Main Street, Pearl Street and the vicinity is now closed to traffic.
Several hundred gallons of fuel has been spilled. Traffic should avoid these areas until further notice.