Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

June 20, 2013

All clear given on crash; Baylor ER briefly shut down

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — A crash on Interstate 45 Thursday morning involving a possible hazardous chemical spill has had far reacing effects.

Traffic on the Interstate near the 238 mile marker was shut down in both directions following the crash while Haz-Mat crews from the Corsicana Fire Department worked to identify a chemical that spilled on the roadway after an 18-wheeler crashed into a construction crew work truck.

The driver of the 18 wheeler was transported by Corsicana EMS to Baylor Hospital in Dallas for treatment of his injuries. An air ambulance declined to transport the victim because of possible contamination by the then unknown chemical.

Fox 4 News in Dallas reported that Baylor Hospital emergency room personnel briefly closed their ER when the victim was brought in, pending the identification of the chemical, which proved to be a non-hazardous Aluminum Chlorhydrate, said Corsicana Fire Chief Donald McMullan.

After fire officials determined the chemical was non-hazardous, southbound traffic was resumed, and northbound traffic diverted to the service road as DPS continued its investigation of the crash.

McMullan said two Haz-Mat workers in full protective gear entered the trailer of the 18-wheeler to identify the chemical being carried. Full precautions were taken by first responders until they could identify any hazards from the spilled chemical.

Texas DPS troopers, Navarro County Sheriff's deputies and TxDOT personnel were assisting with traffic control through the area. The Rice Volunteer Fire Department was also on scene providing assistance.