When a used-grease tanker truck slammed through a guardrail on the Emmett F. Lowry Expressway and landed in the Bayou Pierre on the west side of Texas City, chaos broke out.
The clean-up and rescue effort involved six city, state and federal agencies, two utility companies and an environmental clean-up crew. All emergency crews had to coordinate for five hours to pull the tractor trailer from the bayou.
The driver of the truck lost control as he was headed west on the expressway, transitioning from the main road to an expressway detour to the feeder road. After crashing through the guard rail and traveling across the front lawn of the Gulf Coast Center’s Connect Transportation, the 18-wheeler ended up in the bayou.
The driver was able to escape by exiting the truck cab and swimming to shore. His minor injuries were treated at the Mainland Medical Center. He was later cited by Texas City police for failing to control the speed of his truck.
What was a used-grease truck doing on the road? It is owned by Liquid Environmental Solutions, a company that removes grease from restaurants, auto shops, kitchens and industrial sites and disposes of it. Liquid Environmental will be required to pay for the cleanup effort.
Fortunately, the truck was not carrying grease at the time of the crash, however officials were still concerned that its diesel fuel tank would leak into the bayou. The rapid response and cleanup were a success.