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Tanker Truck Overturns In Arlington, Leaks Ethanol Onto Overpass

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screen shot 2012 01 21 at 5 43 13 pm Tanker Truck Overturns In Arlington, Leaks Ethanol Onto Overpass

This is where a tanker truck overturned on Jan. 21, 2012. (Credit: Google Maps)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A 7,500-gallon fuel truck overturned at Center Street and Ryan Plaza at about 5 p.m. Saturday, leaking ethanol onto the Interstate 30 overpass.

Arlington authorities requested hazardous material teams to help with the cleanup. The truck was still leaking ethanol at 7:30 p.m.

A fire department spokesman said the driver lost control of the truck while making a turn. The tanker tipped onto its side and ripped a hole deep into the gas tank, causing the spill.

Authorities set up a 1,000 foot evacuation zone and closed North Center Street from Interstate 30 to Ryan Plaza.

The only building in the evacuation zone is the Texas Health Resources building. Officials said it is mostly empty, except for a 24-hour operating office of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The company that owns the truck, which authorities did not identify, has hired a contractor to help siphon the ethanol.

The truck will need to be completely drained before it can be towed. Crews are expected to work until 3 a.m. Sunday until the scene is cleared.

No one was injured in the accident, and the fire department will be further investigating what led to the truck tipping over.

And remember, anyone having to drive through the area can monitor traffic conditions here.

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