Major gas spill forces closure of downtown Glen Rose

Ben Tinsley
An overturned tanker in downtown Glen Rose.

Somervell County Judge Danny L. Chambers has declared a local state of disaster and ordered a ten block downtown area of Glen Rose mandatorily evacuated after an overturned fuel tanker at the 144 bridge spilled large amounts diesel fuel – forcing authorities to shut down a ten-block area around the Heritage Park area.

As recently as 10 a.m., Judge Chambers was on the scene in downtown Glen Rose supervising Hazmat officials who were dealing with the situation, explained County Auditor Brian Watts, speaking on behalf of the judge. Watts also provided a copy of the official disaster proclamation.

“Right now, you should the avoid 144 because it is closed,” Watts said. “If you get to Walnut Springs take the cut through near Fossil Rim and avoid the entire downtown area.”

As of 10 a.m. Scanner reports indicated authorities were still at work trying to mitigate the situation. Social media accounts indicate a huge traffic backup and a dramatic situation.