Update: Police say the stretch that was closed off in San Benito Tuesday morning has reopened.
SAN BENITO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Officials in San Benito are working to clean up an oil spill.
According to a post from the city, police are working to clean up the expressway.
Authorities have closed the road from FM 509 to Ratliff St., southbound as crews work in the area.
Drives are asked to take exit FM 509 and find an alternate route.
According to officials, cardboard boxes with motor oil quarts were scattered across the road.
From San Benito PD: Avoid travel on southbound Expressway from Williams Road to Sam Houston Street as emergency crews are working to clean up oil spills. This stretch of highway is CLOSED until further notice. Use the FM 509 exit and take an alternate route to your destination.— San Benito (@SanBenitoTX) November 23, 2021
In several parts of the roadway the oil covered all three lanes of travel. The spill prompted a response from the City of San Benito’s Police and Fire crews for traffic safety and cleanup measures. The Texas Department of Transportation along with hazmat crews are assisting in the cleanup efforts to safely re-open the expressway.
Details are limited at this time, check back for updates.