Highway 59 near Liberty, San Jacinto County line closed for hours after chemical truck fire

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on November 23, 2010 at 7:44 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 23 at 3:12 PM

HOUSTON— All northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 59 near the Liberty, San Jacinto County line were temporarily shut down Tuesday morning due to a chemical truck fire, but that has since been cleared. 

Authorities said a vehicle pulling a trailer carrying methyl- acrylate, a highly flammable chemical, toppled over around 4:50 a.m. The driver was said to be OK.

San Jacinto police, Cleveland police and Conroe Hazmat worked to clear the scene in order to get traffic moving. 

The southbound lanes reopened shortly after 8 a.m. and the northbound lanes reopened around 8:30 a.m.

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