02 May 2012 20:06 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--An overturned ethanol tanker closed a 10-mile (16km) section of a highway in Texas near Beaumont on Wednesday, with authorities requesting that residents in a small town not leave their homes.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said the tanker truck loaded with 1,200-1,500 gal (4,542-5,678 litres) of pure ethanol was involved in a one-vehicle accident.
The driver was taken to a hospital in Beaumont and later released.
“He was just banged up a little with a few lacerations,” said Sheriff’s Deputy Rod Carroll.
Carroll said he did not know how much of the ethanol had been spilled.
Ten houses in the town of Winnie were evacuated, and the sheriff’s office issued a shelter-in-place warning to all residents within a half-mile of the accident, Carroll said.
Carroll said about 10 miles of Interstate Highway 10 (IH-10), east of Winnie, had been shut down because of the accident.
IH-10 is the major highway from Houston to Beaumont in east Texas and into Louisiana. Winnie, a town of about 2,900, is 23 miles southwest of Beaumont.
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