By JUSTIN RAINS
A portion of FM 2574 in Neches was shut down Wednesday after a tanker truck carrying petroleum products overturned while trying to turn around.
Haz-Mat teams also closed Neches ISD for the day as a precaution.
DPS officials said the truck missed the turn-off for a Haz-Mat dump site and, in the process of trying to turn around, overturned in the roadway. The accident occurred just before 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The wreck was cleared just after 10:30 a.m., but crews remain on scene cleaning up the area. After initially shutting down the railroad line that runs through Neches, it was reopened around 9 a.m.
The truck was traveling southbound on FM 19 initially, before missing the turnoff for the dump station.
After the wreck, the truck began to leak condensate, which can cause damage to the nervous system when inhaled.
The driver of the truck, who’s name was not released, suffered back injuries in the wreck, but is expect to recover.