HOUSTON (September 5, 2018) – A major collision by a tanker truck caused a hazmat spill closing all eastbound lanes on 610 North Loop near Homestead on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Westbound lanes were closed temporarily due to the possibility of flammable flumes.
The Houston Police Department encouraged drivers to take alternate routes. At 12:15pm, Houston Transtar reported the scene was cleared. Both eastbound and westbound lanes were reopen by 1:00pm. There were no car accidents or injuries were reported.
HAZMAT is an abbreviation for hazardous material. HAZMATs include toxic chemicals, fuels, nuclear waste products, biological, chemical, and radiological products. Trucks carrying these products can be a contributing cause of accidents.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Houston area saw more than 1,000 heavy truck accidents in 2017. Approximately 10% of local large truck accidents involved hazmat incidents.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of a hazmat incident, the most important thing you can do is follow instructions by the authorities on the scene. Make certain your windows are up and vents are closed. If possible find another route to get to your destination. Do not enter the area.
If you or a loved one was injured in a tanker truck, hazmat or car accident, it is important to contact an experienced truck accident lawyer to help you evaluate your options. Call (713) 987-7111 or send us an email to discuss your car accident injury case.