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Aug 30, 2010 5:55 PM by Kate Mundy

UPDATE I-10 Near Beaumont Closed Until Weds

Early Sunday morning, a major crash involving a Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer and passenger vehicle occurred on Interstate 10 near Hamshire Road in Jefferson County, Texas. The 18-wheeler was transporting the hazardous chemical, Isobutane. The Texas Department of Public Safety and Jefferson County Emergency Management personnel immediately closed both lanes of Interstate 10 and evacuated nearby residents.

The cleanup continues on Interstate 10 near Hamshire Road. U.S. Environmental Services, the HazMat team in charge of the cleanup, is working diligently to off-load the chemical from the wrecked tanker onto another tanker. The process of off-loading the hazardous material is moving slowly and the clean-up could possibly last until Wednesday morning.

The Texas Department of Transportation has established detours as follows:
Eastbound:
IH-10 eastbound to Hwy 124 North to Beaumont
Or
Highway 73 to IH-10 East in Orange, Texas

Westbound:
US Highway 90 to State Highway 61 to IH-10 westbound

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