Accident, chemical spill closes I-10 stretch in Texas

August 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm

A chemical spill that closed down Interstate 10 in Jeffer–son County, Texas, may not be cleaned up until Wednesday morning, according to Texas public safety officials.

Drivers traveling west from the Lake Area should take U.S. 90 West in Beaumont to Texas Highway 61 South, which will take them back to I-10 West past the spill, said Louisiana State Police Sgt. James Anderson.

The accident reportedly happened early Sunday when an 18-wheeler collided with a pickup truck and turned over near Hamshire Road. The 18-wheeler spilled the corrosive chemical isobutene, police said.

Nearby residents were evacuated, and a hazmat team is working on the cleanup and off-loading of the chemical, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety news release.

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