Truck Driver Killed In Rollover Accident

Updated: 2/21/2013 5:51 pm

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We're learning new details about a deadly wreck in Gonzales County that shut down a stretch of highway 90 for hours Wednesday. That accident sent a massive fireball into the skies, and forced people to evacuate.

Wednesday morning fire crews and law enforcement agencies responded to a tanker that flipped then exploded in Gonzales County. According to Texas D.P.S. 63-year-old Rafael Ortiz of Pearsall flipped the big rig on highway 90 and Fm 2091 around 10:30 a.m. Kelly Krunk with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said the tanker was carrying approximately 7-thousand gallons of crude oil and said this could be disastrous to the environment.

The massive explosion caused a black cloud that could be seen for miles and evacuations were ordered for people living within a 1-mile radius of the scene. Krunk said crashes like this are becoming a trend he's seen far too often involving oil tankers. Texas D.P.S. is still investigating the cause of the crash. Wednesday night, those evacuated resident were allowed to return to their homes.
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