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UPDATE: Diesel spill at ETX store cleaned up

The scene of a diesel spill at Sam's Club on West Loop 323 in Tyler is cleared early Thursday morning.

Investigators say around 9 p.m. Wednesday, a Wal-Mart 18-wheeler hit a light pole in the warehouse club's parking lot, and that caused the truck's fuel tank to rupture.

Investigators estimate about 30 gallons of diesel spilled out of the tank.

Hazmat crews from the Dallas area arrived on scene around midnight, and spent approximately 5 hours cleaning up the diesel spill.

"What these guys are doing right now is putting down a microbial solution to eat up all the hydrocarbons. It remediates through the cracks and through all the joints. This way, if we do have a rain, it won't cause a sheen and go down into the storm drains," John Salerno of ES&H Environmental of Grand Prairie told KLTV around 3:30 a.m.

Tyler Fire Department crews laid a clay absorbent material on the parking lot to absorb the oil. The ES&H hazmat crew then shoveled the clay into barrels and took it to be disposed of properly.

Fire department crews also blocked off a storm drain near the spill to keep the diesel from entering a nearby water source.

"If the fire department didn't have a quick response and cover that storm drain, it could have been a lot worse. They did a great job," Salerno said.

ES&H crews finished cleaning the scene by 5 a.m. and 18-wheelers have already started delivering products for the day. Sam's should open as expected Thursday morning.

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