Weatherford Democrat

May 9, 2013

Oily spill causes multiple wrecks near Cresson


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

CRESSON – An oily spill on U.S. Highway 377 in southeast Parker County combined with the rain Thursday morning led to at least a half dozen wrecks and caused minor injuries, according to authorities.

Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Gary Rozzell said the fluid drop, reported around 10:45 a.m., affected the eastbound lane for about a mile and a half to two miles between the city limits of Cresson and the Tarrant County line.

DPS worked five wrecks, including an vehicle that traveled into nearby trees and a creek and an SUV rollover.

The SUV driver and his two sons were transported to a hospital by private vehicle for minor injuries, according to Rozzell, who said no other injuries were reported.

In addition to the five collisions with damage, a pickup truck and trailer also jack-knifed but there was no damage, Rozzell said.

At one point, two busses stopped to help with the wrecks, according to Rozzell.

It was not clear what the substance was but it was thought to be oil or diesel, according to Rozzell, who said eastbound traffic was shut down for a period of time at the Cresson light as TxDOT dealt with the slippery conditions.

After a possible suspect truck was stopped and determined not to have dropped the fluid, troopers had no other description of the culprit vehicle.

Around 1:15 p.m. sand and six TxDOT vehicles were on site as authorities determined what to do, according to Rozzell.

Responders included Parker County DPS troopers, Hood, Johnson and Parker County sheriffs’ deputies and Cresson VFD.