Cleanup from W. Loop tanker accident could last into rush hour

March 12, 2010 12:23:12 PM PST
A tanker truck overturned on the West Loop feeder this morning. And now, evacuations have been ordered for nearby businesses and a voluntary shelter-in-place has been issued. It's going on at the 610 West Loop at Bellaire. The tanker was carrying 700 gallons of gasoline. We're told about 300 gallons has gone into storm drains, which is why officials have shut down the West Loop and evacuated nearby businesses. They're concerned that something may ignite the gas.

There's a voluntary shelter-in-place in the Bellaire neighorhood across 610 from the overturned tanker.

Crews are going to drill six to seven holes into the tanker to drain all the gasoline into a new tanker. They're estimating that to take another two to four hours.

As crews work to clean up the mess, traffic is being diverted away from the area.