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HAZMAT crews work to clean diesel spill near I-20

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SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - HAZMAT crews cleaned up a tractor trailer fuel leak off of Interstate 20 today, while drivers sat in stand-still traffic.

This semi-truck was headed west on I-20 near Lindale at about 1:15 this afternoon when the right tire blew.

As the driver veered off the road into a wooded area, he hit several trees that punctured his fuel tank.

The driver says the drilling mud he was hauling was not spilled.

"He had dumped approximately 4,000 gallons of drilling mud prior to coming down here and he had 50 gallons left he said," says Trooper Nicholas Castle.

There was only one person in the truck, the driver was not injured.

HAZMAT, DPS, Lindale Fire Department and TX-DoT were all on scene.

 

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SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - The Department of Public safety says Troopers and a HAZMAT crew are working to clean diesel spilled from a tanker truck after a wreck around 1 Saturday afternoon on Interstate 20 and mile marker 559.

DPS says the 18 wheeler was headed west past FM 14 on I-20 when the accident happened that sent the truck about 100 feet off the roadway into a wooded area.

The tanker was empty, however Troopers say the truck lost about 20 gallons of diesel from it's own gas tank off the interstate.

HAZMAT crews have plugged the leak in the truck and are now working to clean up the spill.

DPS says there is heavy traffic due to the equipment on the side of the roadway.

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