At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, Blue Ridge Fire Department received a dispatch to an oil spill on Highway 121 just west of Hwy 160. Nacy Southard of the Blue Ridge fire department said upon arriving to the scene, the response units found massive amounts of oil spewing from an underground 30-inch pipe. Shortly after the rupture, responders were able to shut down the oil line from a nearby valve.
Lieutenant Chris Havey from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office said due to the quick response, they were able to avert any potential danger.
“Texas Department of Transportation shut down the north and southbound lanes on 121 since the spilled oil had reached the highway,” Havey said.
By 5:00 p.m., the Hazmat crews were on site to contain and clean the spill. Highway 121 had received an all clear and was able to reopen at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
RPM Construction, a company subcontracted by TxDOT to work on the 121 road construction project, was digging and hit the oil line.
TxDOT was on location, along with other departments. Southard said that the Westminster Fire, Trenton Fire, and Anna Fire departments all arrived to the location to assist Blue Ridge Fire Department with shutting down Hwy 121 and Hwy 160. Collin County Fire Marshal, Collin County Environmental Deputy, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Railroad Commission were all on location to investigate and ensure public safety.