Orange Grove - Law enforcement officials are investigating an 18-wheeler rollover that occurred Wednesday at approximately 11 a.m. that claimed the life of a woman.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley, 45-year-old Cynthia Gonzales of Taft was driving the 18-wheeler. She was an employee of Mission Petroleum Carriers.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2015 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling west on Farm-to-Market 624 when for unknown reasons Gonzales went off the road to the right, over-corrected which caused the Freightliner to over-turn multiple times, Brandley stated.
DPS troopers and several fire departments arrived at the scene located at Farm-to-Market 624 near County Road 308. Immediately, they noticed the driver's tanker was leaking and the driver was unresponsive.
According to officials at the scene, the driver was carrying 8,800 gallons of unleaded fuel.
Due to the hazardous material, everyone on scene, including Halo Flight personnel, were instructed to move 1,000 feet away from the accident.
Naval Air Station - Kingsville fire personnel were called to the scene. After approximately two and a half hours later, they arrived and were immediately briefed by Lynn Kirchoff, Jim Wells County Emergency Management Coordinator, on the situation.
NAS Kingsville firefighters approached the accident scene. They used foam from their fire trucks to cover any and all fuel that had leaked onto the roadway and ditch.
Sandia, Orange Grove and Alice firefighters walked onto the scene to render aid to the driver who advised Kirchoff and other officials on scene that Gonzales, who was wearing her seatbelt, did not survived.
Texas Commission of Environmental Quality was on the scene. Also on the scene was AirMed and JWC deputies.