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US Highway 96 south of Pineland open again after hazardous chemical spill

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Traffic is flowing again on US Highway 96 south of Pineland in Sabine County following a hazardous chemical spill that occurred Thursday night.

Rhonda Oaks, a TxDOT spokeswoman said the highway was re-opened to traffic as of 7:20 a.m. Friday morning.

Trooper David Hendry, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the spill occurred at about 8:26 p.m. Thursday south of Pineland on US 96. Hendry said when a DPS trooper made a traffic stop on a Freightliner commercial vehicle, he went to speak to the driver and walked through fumes that caused his eyes to burn.

Hendry said the DPS trooper and the truck driver moved a safe distance away from the commercial vehicle, and a hazardous material team was called in to the scene. It was determined that the truck had been hauling a load of sulfur dioxide.

The DPS trooper was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and released, Hendry said.

Hendry said the truck's leak was repaired.

"There were no evacuations or environmental issues, Hendry said.

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