Tanker truck fire shuts down part of SH 59

5:30 PM

A tanker truck carrying a semi liquid tank of the chemical Aqualum caught fire on the Highway 59 access road near the Jackson County Airport exit.

At 8:30 Monday morning a mechanical problem, that is still under investigation, caused the back axle of the vehicle to catch fire.

The fire created a hole in the liquid tank and the chemicals spilled out onto the roadway and grassy area next to the highway.

The tank was filled with 47,960 liquid pounds of a chemical called Aqualum.

The access road was shut down for most of the day for crews to clean up the spill.

Spokesperson for Texas DPS Ruben San Miguel says there is no danger to the public and the road should be open by the end of the day.

12:56 PM

Early Monday morning a tanker truck fire just north of Ganado shut down part of SH 59.

The Jackson County Office of Emergency Management has limited information at this time, but says the tanker truck contained corrosive liquid.

It is unsure whether the tanker itself was in the fire.

Part of SH 59 is shut down while the fire is put out and the scene is cleaned up.

As of 9 a.m., Emergency Management says the fire is contained.

This is a developing story and more information will be released once it becomes available.

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