HAZMAT Spill Closes US-59 in South Fort Bend County

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BEASLEY, Texas (Covering Katy News) –  A tanker truck hauling butane overturned southbound on US-59, blocking the Spur 10 interchange near Beasley at about 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. The crash is near Hartledge Road in South Fort Bend County not far from Rosenberg.

The truck driver was injured in the crash and taken to a nearby hospital, no other injuries have been reported. The highway is closed in both directions and HAZMAT teams are onsite assessing the situation. Air monitoring is ongoing.

Beasley Elementary School is operational in shelter-in-place mode out of caution and will release students at the end of the day as planned.

At this time traffic is being detoured around the scene and is moving slowly. The traveling public should consider using an application like Waze to find another route. At this time, DPS and TxDOT are working to determine a strategy to lessen the traffic impact.

First responders on the scene include Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Medical Services, Office of Emergency Management, Rosenberg Fire & Police, TxDOT, Texas DPS, and Beasley Volunteer Fire Department.

The Fire Marshal’s Office has been flying their drone to make vehicle identifications and provided the photo above of the scene. The Sheriff’s office is handling traffic and providing high-altitude aerial observations with its helicopter.

Once the extent of the leak is determined the butane will be removed from the tank and a crew will upright the truck and tow it away. Once the truck and gas has been removed from the scene the roadway will be cleaned and traffic will flow again. Once the team on-scene determines the details of this process an estimate for the reopening of the roadway can be provided.

The situation will be ongoing for several hours and once an estimate for the highway re-opening is available is available it will be provided here.

The public should avoid travel along this route if possible and should stay clear of the area.

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