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Man injured in tanker rollover
[January 02, 2013]

Man injured in tanker rollover

Jan 02, 2013 (Odessa American - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A man was issued a citation for failure to control speed Wednesday morning after his tractor-trailer rolled at least one and a half times, spilling diesel fuel near Interstate 20.

Battalion Chief Danny Wyatt with Odessa Fire/Rescue said the tanker was going northbound on East Loop 338 at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday when it attempted to turn eastbound onto the Interstate 20 service road and rolled over.

The SC Fuels truck spilled diesel on the roadway and in the ditch, and the roof of the truck's cab was ripped completely off the truck.

Police and Wyatt said Ruben Cantu, who is in his 50s, was transported to Medical Center Hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.

Cantu was issued a citation for failure to control speed.

Information on Cantu's exact age and hometown were not immediately available.

An Odessa Police Department Officer said the south service road going eastbound from East Loop 338 onto I-20 would be closed until cleanup efforts are completed.

Wyatt said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Ector County environmental department would come out to supervise while the diesel fuel and affected soil is removed.

Because it's diesel fuel, Wyatt said there is little fire danger because the flash point is higher than other fuel.

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