Residents Along Highway 281 Impacted by Tanker Rollover
BLUETOWN – A fuel tanker truck rollover early Thursday along 281 caused evacuations and power outages.
“The wind was blowing right into our subdivision. All that gas. All that smell, it was there. Maybe a match or a stove could have ignited,” said Bluetown resident Benito Contreras.
Contreras and other nearby residents along Highway 281 said they were ordered to evacuate their homes.
“The guy told me, ‘Hey, get back. It might light up,’ so I just swung back around and went back towards my in-laws,” continued Contreras.
People were told to avoid the leaking fuel on the way out. Any spark or heat could be catastrophic.
Others returned home to deliberate power outages, ordered by authorities during the hottest time of the day.
Alicia Morales said she took care of her mother-in-law outside.
“We’re on the porch because we’re waiting for the electricity to come back, so she can go back and rest. Because she needs her rest. She just had her surgery on her hand. So I wanted to keep her in a cool place instead of being out,” explained Morales.
People living along the highway were impacted for the better of a day.
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