HAZMAT crews cleaning sealant spilled in rollover

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The rollover dumped a road-resurfacing tar sealant in the intersection of Williams Drive and the east frontage of I-35.

18-wheeler spills the tar sealant it was carrying when it rolled over.

GEORGETOWN, TX (KXAN) - Williams Drive in Georgetown is expected to be closed for several hours as HAZMAT crews work to clean up tar sealant spilled after a semi-truck rolled over Thursday morning.

The Georgetown Fire Department, Williamson County HAZMAT, and EMS crews are working together to clean up the spill and clear the wreck site after the big rig carrying the sealant rolled over, closing the Williams Drive on the bridge over Interstate 35.

The rollover dumped a road-resurfacing tar sealant in the intersection of Williams Drive and the east frontage of I-35, first leaking from the trailer and then spreading. That closed off Williams Drive at the west frontage and Austin Avenue, and the lanes heading east on the frontage road are being rerouted.

While significant delays can be expected in that particular area, the main lanes of I-35 are not impacted. Still, Fire Chief John Sullivan says the large number of emergency units on the bridge could cause some traffic delays on the interstate due to onlookers.

Sullivan added that he does not expect the spilled material to have any impact on the I-35 lanes, otherwise.

Fire officials say the tar liquid poses no health risk and no immediate threat, but it is leaking into storm drains. HAZMAT crews were able to stop the spill before it reached a creek that leads to the San Gabriel River. Georgetown police said the cleanup will last most of the day.

Williamson County EMS treated the truck driver, and that area of the city is expected to be shut down for several hours as crews contain and capture the liquid.


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