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HazMat Spill Forces Closure Of I-45, Evacuations At Baylor Hospital

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) –  An accident involving hazardous materials on I-45 near Corsicana resulted in the closure of the interstate and the temporary evacuation of the emergency room at Baylor Hospital in Dallas.

All main lanes and the frontage road lanes on northbound I-45 remain closed, beginning just north of Business I-45 in Corsicana. Traffic is being diverted around the accident.

HazMat crews are on-site cleaning and the road is expected to reopen around 5 p.m. The southbound lanes have since reopened and are moving smoothly.

Texas DPS and HazMat teams are on site because the chemicals are considered “flammable and very toxic,” according to TxDot representative Michelle Releford Master.

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The emergency room at Baylor Hospital was evacuated to accommodate a victim of the crash, who authorities suspected had been exposed to hazardous materials. Authorities have since confirmed that the patient was not contaminated and posed no threat. The emergency room has since reopened.

The chemical on the crash victim was later identified as Aluminum Chlorohydrate – a non-hazardous chemical used in deodorants and the water purification process.

Dallas Fire PIO Jason Evans says the patient was transported by ground to the hospital. The emergency room was cleared to prevent any possible cross-contamination among the patients.

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