Waxahachie Firefighters were dispatched to a chemical spill that took place in the 2600 block of East U.S. Highway 287 Bypass Monday evening, forcing the closure of the northbound lanes of traffic.

Crews responded to the call at 6:01 p.m.

Battalion Chief Gary Myers said when crew arrived on scene they found a corrosive liquid tanker truck pulled over to the side of the roadway leaking its contents. Firefighters assisted the driver in containment operations. Engine two, battalion chief two and ladder three blocked the right lane of the roadway while crews worked the scene.

Myers said the driver of the truck had deployed an emergency spill kit before crews arrived on scene. The fluid being transported was 4,200 gallons of nitric acid and was being transported from Bay Town to Cabot Corp in Pampa, Texas. TAZ Environmental out of Fort Worth was contacted for cleanup. Around 30 gallons leaked out of the tanker and was contained by firefighters.

Myers said the remaining liquid was pumped out of the tanker and off-loaded into another tanker.  

The Texas Department of Transportation was notified for traffic control and Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety were also notified.  Units cleared the scene and returned to the station at 9:26 p.m.

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