Overturned tanker truck closes Interstate 10

Overturned tanker

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to an overturned tanker truck on Interstate 10 eastbound near Brush Island Road (between Hamshire and Winnie, Texas). The tanker truck was loaded with pure ethanol, which is highly flammable, explosive and can cause respiratory difficulty. The tanker was involved in a one vehicle accident at approximately 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 2. The driver was transported to Baptist Hospital Beaumont. All residents within 2 miles were asked to shelter in place. I-10 eastbound was shut down at Winnie. I-10 westbound was shut down at Highway 365. The roadway was closed down for several hours but re-opened early Thursday morning, May 3.