Chemical leaked from overturned big rig not hazardous, BCSO says

BCSO did not disclose name of chemical spilled

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - A chemical leaking from containers at the scene of a crash in East Bexar County has turned out not to be hazardous after all.

 

Initially, Bexar County sheriff’s deputies warned people to steer clear of the liquid which spilled on the access road alongside Interstate 10 West near Trainer Hale Road.  They said the chemical was flammable.

 

In a statement a few hours later, however, public information officer Marin Mata described the load as “non-toxic materials.” Mata did not disclose the name of the chemical.

 

The containers came from an 18-wheeler that fell over on its side shortly after 6 a.m. 

 

Deputies said the big rig driver told them he hit a tire that had fallen from another truck. 

 

He said that caused him to lose control of his 18-wheeler, first hitting a pickup headed in the opposite direction on the two-way access road, then tipping over.

 

Both the big rig driver and the driver of the pickup were hurt and had to be taken to a hospital by ambulance.

 

Mata said their injuries were not life-threatening.

 

The crash on the access road caused morning rush hour traffic to slow down on the main lanes of I-10 West.

 

The access road remained closed during the cleanup. 

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