Updated: 2/26 6:03 pm
Strong winds are being blamed on a deadly 18-wheeler accident that shut down a stretch of highway 185 for several hours. The scene has been cleared as of Monday night, but Texas D.P.S. troopers said they've been working more and more deadly accidents, similar to Monday's scene.
A major highway was shut down for several hours on Monday when a tractor trailer traveling eastbound on Hwy 185 with gallons of crude oil swerved off the road and flipped into the median. The driver of the tanker, 27-year-old Robert McCann from Beaumont, was pronounced dead at the scene and the overturned tanker caused gallons of crude oil to spill onto the ground. The oil spill forced officials to shut down Hwy 185 by Guadalupe Rd for nearly six hours as they tried to unload the oil from the overturned tanker. Fire officials said the accident and spill also forced seven residents in the area to be evacuated.
Even though each scenario is different, troopers said they're seeing more 18-wheeler accidents with the increase of the big rigs from Eagle Ford Shale and other oil companies on the roads. Trooper Gerald Bryant said the high wind speed may have been a contributing factor to the accident on Monday, but it remains under investigation. As of Monday night Hwy 185 is back open for traffic and residents are allowed back into their homes. Trooper Bryant said the company of the tractor-trailer, Gulf Mark Energy out of Houston, was on scene at the accident and assisted with offloading the oil onto a Shiner Texas truck and then it was taken to Port of Victoria.
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