A tanker truck carrying compressed liquid nitrogen has overturned on the northbound Spur 408 at Interstate 20.
Dallas Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said the initial call came in at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. At 2:45 p.m., the tanker truck, its cab facing the wrong direction, was still reported to be lying in the shoulder of the spur with liquid nitrogen leaking out of its rear at the time of this report.
“Good thing is that I’m told the compressed liquid immediately turns into gas once it comes in contact with the air,” wrote Evans in an email. “Therefore, the only danger is someone coming in direct contact with it.”
Officials are uncertain just how many gallons of the liquid nitrogen were on board the tanker when it overturned or the cause of the accident. Emergency crews had the spur blocked off; however, Interstate 20 was not affected by the accident.
Evans said the driver exited the truck safely and that the company is handling the cleanup effort.
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