Police closed Highway 90 in both directions around 10:15 a.m. Saturday after gas started leaking from the tanker truck parked at the Texaco Fast Lane on Highway 90. Fire officials feared the gas could ignite.
Firefighters evacuated gas station employees and people in a nearby apartment complex. Then, they had to wait for the Department of Environmental Quality to send a cleaning crew from New Orleans.
"Being right here on the beach, the fuel flowed into the sewer system here and as you can see over there, it's working its way out into the gulf and so we've had to contain it there also," Long Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Eddie McCann said.