18-wheeler fatality crash diverts 59 to one lane near Timpson

Richard Lenius
Richard Lenius

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Hazmat crews spent hours cleaning up the scene on U.S. 59, one mile south of Timpson, after an 18-wheeler wrecked early Friday morning, killing one.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Sylvester Samuel Brown, 55, of Corinth was driving northbound at 2:20 a.m. when he left the road and rolled his rig. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:25 a.m.

The big rig was hauling muriatic acid, paint thinner and acetone. The household items can be found in most any hardware store, but quantities like this lead to problems.

"They're hauling them on a truck that's usually more than 1,001 pounds. Now we have a large quantity, not only that, you have mixed cargo where there is other chemicals that react violently if they react with one another, "said Richard Lenius, a Hazmat truck owner.

The load spilled when the rig overturned and landed on a pasture fence. The rancher moved his cattle while hazmat crews got to work.

"At this time, the material has been contained. There is no threat, no public safety, or anything like that, "said Lenius.

Vehicle accidents can happen at a moment's notice, with little warning. Motorists are advised when passing big rigs to assume one thing, every time.

"Every 18-wheeler that you see should be treated as if it was hazardous material," Lenius said.

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