I-10 near Beaumont shut down after a chemical spill

HOUSTON, TX (KPLC) - All east and westbound lanes on Interstate 10 near Hamshire Road have been closed down due to a wreck involving chemicals.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said they expect the closure to last until Monday at noon. The chemical that was spilled is Isobutene and is very flammable, and possibly fatal if inhaled or touched by the skin. It can cause burns and dizziness

The wreck involved a semi trailer truck and a passenger truck as they headed eastbound on I-10 around 3:30 this morning. Officials say the semi-truck tried to pass the truck and then cut back into the lane, clipping the truck and causing the spill.

All eastbound I-10 traffic is being diverted to SH 73 to Port Arthur. No eastbound traffic allowed on SH 124. Continue from Port Arthur to Beaumont via US 69 or to Orange via SH 73.

Hamshire is about 65 miles east of Houston

Emergency responders have evacuated the area near the wreck site for safety reasons.

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