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Butane Tanker Rolls Over On U.S. Highway 277

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A tractor-trailer rolled over on U.S. Highway 277 near Sonora, on Wednesday morning. The truck, carrying liquefied butane, was removed from the crash site at 11:30 p.m., after 15 hours, according to a Department of Public Safety official.

The crash damaged a valve which allowed liquid and vapor to leak from the trailer. Troopers blocked off a five mile radius surrounding the crash site.

The driver, the only person involved in the crash, suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was treated and released from Sonora Hospital.

The truck was carrying fuel to Mexico for Texas International Oil and Gas of El Paso.

Recent statistics show that more than 144,000 trucks were involved in accidents in the span of one year. More importantly, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2005 statistics showed 4,932 trucks were involved in fatal traffic accidents.

For more information on tractor-trailer accidents, please refer to our Tractor-Trailer Help Center.