Semi Truck Overturned on Loop 306 and Pulliam Leaks Sticky Substance
The San Angelo Police Department are diverting traffic on the access road of north Loop 306 near the Pulliam offramp, due a motor vehicle accident involving a semi tanker truck carrying tallow. A sticker on the back of the truck reads "Inedible tallow. Not intended for human consumption."
The truck has rolled onto its side and is leaking fluid and officials are currently disseminating sand over the sticky and smelly substance.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the driver has been loaded into an ambulance. He suffered minor lacerations and was taken Shannon Hospital.
The 18-wheeler was trying to make a left turn to get onto the onramp, when the truck tilted and fell over, said Ricky Long, Battalion Chief for the SAFD.
TXDOT is on the way out with sand and a front end loader to prevent the grease from running into a nearby storm drain.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is also on the way.
The call came in at 10:34 a.m.
Update 11:31 a.m.
The driver of the vehicle signaled to turn onto the loop. He crawled out of the window of the cab of the vehicle to wait on first responders.
Update 11:37 a.m.
The tank is mostly in tact. The loading lid on top of the tank is the only spill point that has been identified.
Update 11:57 a.m.
TXDOT has arrived on scene at Loop 306 in San Angelo with the front end loader.
Update 12:12 p.m.
Jurisdiction issues between the city and county have led to the DPS being called to the scene. The truck is situated just so, that officers are having to determine whose area the accident falls under.
Update 12:37 p.m.
Officers have determined the crash is in the DPS' jurisdiction. TXDOT is putting down sand to soak up the grease.
Update 1:04 p.m.
DPS Officer Matherw Walts says the driver will be cited for unsafe speed due to taking the turn too quick. Walts said it doesn't appear there will be any environmental ramifications due to the animal fat and the grease did not penetrate the water supply.
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