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Truck mishap shuts down U.S. 59 access road

NO INJURIES -- No injuries were reported Thursday following an accident on the U.S. 59 access road north of Livingston Junior High School. The driver of the truck-tanker rig hauling hazardous chemicals was making the U-turn under the U.S. 59 overpass when the load shifted and the turn rolled over onto its side. Although no chemical spill was detected, the access road remained closed until a cleanup crew arrive and removed the tanker. (Enterprise Photo by Albert Trevino)NO INJURIES -- No injuries were reported Thursday following an accident on the U.S. 59 access road north of Livingston Junior High School. The driver of the truck-tanker rig hauling hazardous chemicals was making the U-turn under the U.S. 59 overpass when the load shifted and the turn rolled over onto its side. Although no chemical spill was detected, the access road remained closed until a cleanup crew arrive and removed the tanker. (Enterprise Photo by Albert Trevino)

LIVINGSTON – No injuries were reported, but traffic was shut down at the north bypass of U.S. 59 on Thursday after a semi-truck carrying hazardous material was turned over at the access road U-turn.

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Thursday, the driver of a Slay Industries transportation truck was reportedly attempting to make the U-turn under the U.S. 59 overpass near Livingston Junior High School when the weight of the trailer shifted and pushed the vehicle on its side along the right shoulder.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the driver of the semi-truck appeared to walk away uninjured. No other injuries were reported at the scene on Thursday.

Law enforcement with Texas Highway Patrol, Livingston Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene shortly after. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was also dispatched for assistance. All traffic was blocked near the north bypass during investigation and cleanup.

Although the liquid tanker was reportedly carrying hazardous material, the damage did not appear to cause any leaks to occur upon initial inspection by first responders and emergency management. As a precaution, traffic on the north bypass remained blocked until a cleanup crew arrived to property transport the tanker from the scene.

Drivers attempting to turn on the bypass that afternoon were forced to detour by traveling southbound on U.S. 59 and exiting into the feeder.

The accident remains under the investigation of Texas Highway Patrol.