6,000 gallons of fuel spills in tanker truck crash in Whitewright

Published: May. 27, 2020 at 7:30 AM CDT
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Officials say a major highway closed Wednesday morning after a crash spilled up to 6,000 gallons of gasoline.

Captain Harvey Smitherman with the Grayson County Sheriff's Office said it happened around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday southeast of Whitewright near the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and Texas State Highway 11.

Grayson County Fire Marshal John Weda said between 5,000 and 6,000 gallons of fuel spilled on the highway. The tanker was carrying around 8,500 gallons.

Hazmat crews are using booms and vacuum trucks to get fuel out of the water and removing soil to clean the area.

Weda said not all of the fuel reached the water.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will be monitoring.

Officials say to avoid the area. Drivers in the area will be rerouted. At this time, no evacuations have been issued.