Spill in Port Arthur followed deputy noticing 18-wheeler leak

Published 6:28 pm Thursday, August 12, 2021

A portion of highway remained closed as of 7:45 p.m. Thursday due to a chemical leak from an 18-wheeler.

Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso said a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy working traffic near Texas 82 and Texas 87 noticed an 18-wheeler was leaking and stopped the vehicle and notified authorities.

Duriso said the incident is not a leak at a local refinery.

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No injuries were reported and officials do not anticipate calling for any evacuations.

Port Arthur Fire Department issued a statement to residents of a chemical spill and road closure at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday.

The traffic circle at Texas 82 and Texas 87 was shut down due to the spill and the public is asked to avoid the area and also avoid all north and south traffic on Texas 82 at the circle.

A chemical spill is causing traffic diversions in Port Arthur, authorities said.

According to the Port Arthur Fire Department, the traffic circle at Highway 82 and Highway 87 will be shut down until further notice “due to a chemical spill from an 18 wheeler.”

Authorities said to avoid Highway 87 from the Valero Main gate at 1801 W Highway 87 to Highway 82,

Also avoid motorists are to avoid all north and south traffic on 82 at the traffic circle.