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Chemical spill shuts down Loop 500 in Shelby County

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CENTER, TX (KTRE) -

TxDOT crews are working to clear a chemical spill that occurred in Shelby County Wednesday morning.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, South Loop 500 is closed between U.S. Highway 96 and State Highway 7 in Center while crews work to clear a large amount of saltwater drilling mud from the roadway.

TxDOT officials say the tank on the truck transporting the chemical was open and the "mud" trailed out for about six miles before the driver realized it was happening.

"It was a wet type of mud when it was first was spilled," said Rhonda Oaks, TxDOT public information officer. "Now, of course, it looks dry out here. It is drying up but they've still got to clean the lanes up."

Crews are working to clean up parts of Highway 96 and Highway 7 near their intersection with the loop. 

Authorities with TxDOT say the clean up could take most of the day.

KTRE is working to get more information and will have those details as soon as they become available.

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