Fuel spill causes traffic delays on Hwy. 78


A fuel spill from an 18-wheeler caused a portion of U.S. Highway 78 West in Jasper to be closed for around two hours Wednesday as responders cleaned the roadway to make it safe for drivers.

The spill occurred around 1:15 p.m., causing roughly 100 gallons of fuel to cover the highway near Jasper Lumber Yard. According to Walker County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Coordinator Regina Myers, the drive shaft of the 18-wheeler went through one of the truck's fuel tanks and caused the spill.

Jasper Fire Department, Jasper Police Department, the Walker County EMA and Kilgore Wrecker Service quickly responded to the scene  to help contain and clean up the spill and reroute drivers.

"Assistant Fire Chief Alan Clark stopped the fuel flow and kept it contained to the asphalt," Myers said. "The fire department also started putting out absorbent products."

While Jasper police directed traffic, Kilgore Wrecker Service arrived to put down a product to absorb the spill.

Myers said no injuries were reported as a result of the accident, and traffic was flowing again about two hours later.