Highway 59 Shuts Down, Hazmat Responds to Call

Highway 59, near the Redland area, was closed for more than an hour Tuesday while authorities cleaned up a hazardous materials spill.

Lufkin police responded to calls about an 18-wheeler putting off some type of vapor. The Angelina County sheriff's department was able to stop the truck, which was traveling north from Lufkin on Highway 59.

The deputy could smell the petroleum-like odor when he got out of his car. After speaking to the driver, who was out of Houston, they found out he was carrying bi-product waste from painting material, and he had 80-canisters in his truck. It turned out that one of those containers was leaking.

Hazmat crews were called to the scene. The waste was flammable, but not toxic.

Highway 59 was closed from about 4:30 to 5:45, and drivers had to take alternate routes, but no one was injured.