PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) -
An 18-wheeler accident in Palestine prompted the cancellation of classes at the University of Texas - Palestine campus and extended road closures on Friday.
The Palestine Police Department says an 18-wheeler hauling ammonium nitrate overturned on Loop 256 near the campus, prompting road closures between State Highway 19 North and Salt Works Road. The road was shut down as a precaution because of the hazardous nature of the load.
"As far as we know there was not an actual leak," said Sgt. Justin Willoughby, a Palestine police officer.
The driver of the truck was taken to the emergency room, but was released a short time later with minor injuries.
Three wreckers were brought in to right the overturned truck and trailer. Roads were closed for several hours while authorities waited for the wreckers to arrive. The road has since reopened.
Police are still investigating and no citations have been issued at this time. It is not known if road conditions factored into the crash.
Ammonium nitrate is generally used as a fertilizer. However, adding heat or another type of ignition source can cause violent combustion or an explosion.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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