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Inbound lanes of Hwy. 59 at West Loop reopen after fuel spill

by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 1 at 11:22 PM

HOUSTON – Traffic was flowing again Wednesday night after a fuel spill on the Southwest Freeway caused headaches for rush-hour drivers, TxDOT officials said.

The spill happened at about 3 p.m. when an 18-wheeler wrecked on Hwy. 59 near Weslayan.  The accident closed all but one inbound lanes. Traffic on the West Loop was also affected in both directions.

HFD Hazmat crews were on the scene. Diesel fuel is not only an environmental hazard, it is a significant road hazard because it is very slippery, and even more so when mixed with water.

It took over 5 hours to mop up the mess as traffic backed up for miles.

Crews had hoped to have the road reopened by 8 p.m., but it  took until almost 9:30 p.m.

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