UPDATE: Highway now open after Semi carrying sulfuric acid crashes in Leon County

Local News
January 01 2022 12:00 am

UPDATE:

I-45 has been reopened after a truck carrying 29,978 pounds of sulfuric acid has been emptied and moved.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The department of Public Safety reports an 18 wheeler carrying 29,978 pounds of sulfuric acid crashed Tuesday morning near Leona in Leon County

It was initially reported the truck was carrying ammonia

The crash occurred shortly after 7:00 a.m. on southbound I-45 just south of FM 977 near Leona.

The southbound lanes of the Interstate were reported closed.

There was no information regarding a leak, however the process of offloading the material was expected to take some time.

The driver was not injured.

A hazardous material team was also dispatched to the site.

Traffic was stopped at the 156 mile post.

Southbound traffic was being rerouted to State Highway 75 in Leona

Northbound traffic was being rerouted to Old San Antonio Road ( OSR) and State Highway 75 at the Madison/ Leon County line.

Nearby roadside parks were evacuated.

DPS Sgt Justin Ruiz said the investigation indicated that the driver went to sleep while driving, went off the road to the right, the corrected with the truck rolling over.

The acid being carried by the trucks was in barrels secured to pallets and there appeared to be no spillage, with it being hoped that the acid could be offloaded without serious incident.

The Bryan Fire Department Hazmat Team had traveled to the scene of the crash to assist.

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