Overturned tanker truck leaking liquid nitrogen near I-20 in S. Dallas

Overturned tanker truck leaking liquid nitrogen near I-20 in S. Dallas

Credit: Texas Department of Public Transportation

An overturned tanker truck leaks liquid nitrogen at Spur 408 at Interstate 20 in southern Dallas on July 15, 2013.

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by MATT GOODMAN

WFAA

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 4:18 PM

An overturned tanker truck is leaking compressed liquid nitrogen at 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, is still lying in the shoulder of the spur with liquid nitrogen leaking out of its rear. 

"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." 

He was not sure how many gallons were onboard or how the accident happened. Police and fire trucks have blocked off the spur. Interstate 20 was not affected. 

Evans said the driver exited safely and that the company is covering the cleanup.

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