ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - No injuries were reported when two 18-wheelers collided on the Athens Loop Wednesday. One of the trucks, a gasoline tanker, caught on fire.
According to the Athens Police Department, Athens firefighters, and fire crews from area volunteer fire departments were at the scene of crash on Loop 7 near FM 1616. Police reported a tanker truck is involved in the wreck.
Witnesses who live in the vicinity of the wreck said they heard a loud boom and then saw black smoke coming from the scene of the wreck.
Athens Police Chief Buddy Hill said that the two 18-wheelers had been traveling side by side in the westbound lanes of the loop when the driver of one of the trucks tried to move into the other lane. The brakes on the Delek Refineries gasoline tanker locked up and caught the trailer’s tires on fire.
Hill said because of the quick response by fire crews the gasoline tank was not compromised, and as a result, it didn’t explode.
“It could have been a lot worse,” Hill said. “There was a lot of gasoline in that tank.”
The drivers of the two 18-wheelers, a 65-year-old man from Desoto, and a 40-year-old man from Tyler were not injured in the wreck.
Both eastbound lanes of Loop 7 were shut down for several hours as workers off-loaded the gasoline from the tanker, Hill said.
Private crews from Holt Industries cleaned up at the scene of the wreck.
Hill said the investigation into the wreck is still ongoing.