TYLER, TX (KLTV) - UPDATE 10:30 PM 5/21/10 - Both of the trucks involved in the accident, have been towed away from the scene. All lanes on Troup Highway are now open. All west bound lanes of Loop 323 are open. The two outside lanes on eastbound Loop 323 will remain closed until further notice.
The driver of the gasoline tanker was issued a citation for failure to control speed. The truck was on its way to Whitehouse. It was carrying 8500 gallons of gasoline, and spilled approximately 300 gallons after the accident.
UPDATE 05:30 PM 05/21/10 - Some of the businesses near the intersection of Loop 323 and Troup Highway have been evacuated. Walgreen's, KFC, Braum's, Tobacco Junction, and Kidd Jones Exxon are closed until further notice.
The truck that spilled fuel is with Duncan Thompson Transports. The other 18-wheeler is with TNI.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Emergency officials are working to clean up fuel that spilled from an 18-wheeler on it's side at Troup and Loop 323 in Tyler after it somehow flipped over while turning and then collided with another 18-wheeler. HazMat is on the scene. Witnesses say the smell of gasoline was strong earlier, but is lessening.
City crews are shoveling dirt onto the spill to keep it from spreading. Authorities say they don't know how much fuel has spilled. They say the clean-up will take an extended period of time.
Authorities say that another wreck with injuries has already happened as a result of drivers looking at the 18-wheeler crash.