DETOUR: Chemical Tanker Crashes Spilling Toxic Contents Near Rising Star


EASTLAND – The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a truck tractor semi-tank trailer rollover crash that occurred around 2 a.m. Friday morning on State Highway 36 approximately 3 miles west of Rising Star in Eastland County. 

The commercial vehicle was transporting a cargo tank containing hydrogen peroxide from the Houston area to Slaton, Texas. The 18-wheeler was traveling west when the driver lost control and overturned on the roadway skidding on its side causing the tanker to rupture, spilling a portion of the chemical onto the roadway. The driver of the commercial vehicle was uninjured in the crash. 

State Highway 36 has been closed for cleanup of this crash and the chemical spilled. Motorists are urged to avoid the area, if possible, but be aware of delays and detours around this crash site. 

Traffic traveling east on SH 36 is being detoured at Cross Plains. Traffic traveling west on SH 36 is being detoured at Rising Star. The cleanup of this crash is estimated to last until 2 p.m. today.

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