ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Southbound traffic on US 59 in the area of FM 843 is being shut down as crews are working the scene of a wreck involving two 18-wheelers and school bus.
Dispatch with the Department of Public Safety confirmed at least one person died at the scene. Kathi White, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation, said the accident involved an 18-wheeler loaded with a hazardous chemical, a 18-wheeled chip hauler, and a school bus.
Hazmat crews were on the scene, as the 18-wheeler is leaking a hazardous chemical. As of 11:15 p.m., Monday night, DPS dispatchers said Hazmat crews had cleared the scene.
Spokeswoman Sheila Adams confirmed the bus belongs to Lufkin ISD. She said a bus driver and three children were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Adams said the bus driver and the three children were the only ones on the bus.
White said US 59 at FM 843 about 5 miles north of Lufkin will remain closed until further notice. "It will be many hours before the road is open to traffic again," said White.
Southbound traffic is detoured onto FM 2782 to SH 7 and then US 69.
Northbound traffic is being redirected at Loop 287 in Lufkin.
DPS spokesman David Hendry said crews are not allowing vehicles inside a quarter-mile perimeter.
The name of the truck driver killed has not been released. The condition of the three children and bus driver is still unknown at this time.