A quantity of diesel fuel was leaked onto Hwy 10 Friday morning when a wreck occurred involving a Performance Feed semi truck. They Hwy 10 hill was shut down for over four hours as responders attempted to clean the slippery oil off of the road to make it safe for driving.
The accident occurred at about 10:00 a.m., involving a white BMW passenger car being driven by Brian Escamilla of Lafayette, age 21, and a Performance Feed truck being driven by Christopher Wooten of Lafayette, age 22. The BMW was traveling south on Hwy 10 and the truck was traveling north.
“Escamilla lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a curve, crossed the center line, and struck the feed truck head on,” said Trooper Tracy Donoho. “Some diesel leaked out of the tank of the feed truck. So we had to keep traffic shut down on the hill over four hours, just to try to soak the fuel up because it was in such a dangerous spot because it was on the side of the hill and then in a curve. We didn't want to add [other accidents] to it.”
Both drivers were taken by ambulance to Macon County General Hospital with minor injuries and released some time later. Escamilla was cited for failure to use due care and failure to wear a seatbelt.
Traffic on the hill was closed down from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.