BREAKING: Evacuations near Jasper Canceled; Spill Contained

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by Shannon Cay

 

JASPER, Ark. – UPDATE at 3:45 p.m. – Authorities close down a section of Highway 7 near Jasper, Arkansas after a tanker truck carrying Ferric Chloride topples over this (Monday) afternoon.

Newton County authorities say the tanker truck was traveling on Highway 7 South near Jasper just after 3 p.m. The truck ran off the roadway and fell to its side on the area of road known as trucker’s curve.

Emergency service personnel began evacuating the area half a mile outside the contaminated area immediately after the spill, including a nursing home and a school.

However, emergency crews say they were able to contain the hazardous waste and cancel the evacuation shortly thereafter.

Section 18 of the Highway in both directions will be closed until the hazardous spill has been completely cleaned and toxins have been removed.

Drivers are asked to find an alternative route.

BREAKING – 3:00 p.m.

JASPER, Ark. – Authorities are urging folks anywhere near Highway 7 south near Jasper to leave the area as soon as possible.

According to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, a truck carrying Ferrick Chloride has spilled on truckers curve, near the Newton County Public Library. Officials say they are evacuating schools and nursing homes near the area.

Anyone within a half a mile of Section 18 of Highway 7 South needs to leave the area immediately. Officials are asking folks in the area to pick up neighbors who may not have means of transportation.

That section of the Highway will be closed until the hazardous spill has been cleaned and toxins have been removed.