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Biologists will check to see if 18-wheeler in Toledo Bend poses environmental hazard

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Sabine Parish, LA (KTRE) -

A spokeswoman for the Sabine River Authority said that biologists from Orange will be conducting water tests Thursday to make sure there are no possible environmental hazards because of the 18-wheeler that wound up in the Toledo Bend Reservoir Wednesday afternoon.

The tractor-trailer rig went into the lake after two 18-wheelers collided on the Pendleton Bridge on State Highway 21 on the Louisiana side of the Texas border.

Ann Galassi, the assistant general manager of the Sabine River Authority, said there are no immediate concerns, but they want to do their due diligence and make sure. She said the state of Louisiana conducted Water quality tests on the Toledo Bend Reservoir Wednesday, and field biologists from Orange will do similar tests Thursday.

“The diesel will dissipate quickly, and the chicken feed should make the fish happy,” Galassi said.

Galassi said all of the entities in both Texas and Louisiana that draw water from the lake have been notified.

Chief Deputy George Griffith with the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office said that the driver of the 18-wheeler that ended up in the lake managed to escape the cab, and he was rescued from the lake by a boater.

The bridge remained closed until just before 5 p.m.

According to the Louisiana DPS report, the drivers of the trucks were Stanley Wingfield, of Hempstead, Ark., and Jimmy Swindle, of San Augustine. The report does not state which driver was the one who went into the lake, but it does state Wingfield was taken from the scene with minor injuries.

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