U.S. 82 near Sadler open after chemical spill

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

SADLER, TX - U.S. Highway 82 west of Sherman has reopened after a tanker dumped hydrochloric acid onto the road Monday morning.

"If you're close enough to it and the wind shifts, if you get a big enough breath of it it'll cause burning to the nose and throat area, and it'll get down into your lungs and can do some serious damage." said Trooper Mark Tackett.

Early Monday morning a truck heading West on Highway 82 near Sadler crashed after the driver says he lost control.
Authorities say the truck was carrying about 4500 gallons of hydrochloric acid, most of which spilled onto the road.

"Lost all but about 700 gallons of the product on to the roadway, right now we have 2 environmental crews working on remediating, one crew is working on getting the acid neutralized with sodium bi-carb and then they're going to offload what's left on the tanker." said Kevin Walton of Grayson County OEM.

Environmental crews were brought in from Dallas to help in the clean up, and traffic from both directions was re-directed down FM 901 to Hwy 56.

"The reason we have it shut down right now, is because if there is a wind shift, or if more of it comes out of the container then there could be a problem with the fumes blowing on cars and getting to the motorists and we're trying to make this area, this stretch of road about as safe as we can for the motorists." Tackett said.

Residents in one nearby house were told not to come home until further notice, and some Sadler school buses were re-routed.

"We've made special arrangements with the Sadler school district on getting some kids taken to Preston Drive and Wolf Drive via some different routes so than can get on 82 and then back off 82 with the kids being safe." said Walton.

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  • by Jackie Location: Hwy 82 on May 7, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    If you need to travel between whitesboro and Sherman, get on Hwy 56. Hwy 82 remains closed from 289 to Sadler Rd. Both sides.
  • by laurie Location: southmayd on May 7, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    Long delays at 82 and 289 at 3:30. Traffic is being diverted to 289 south and north
  • by truth Location: in anonymous wifes arms on May 7, 2012 at 01:07 PM
    Talking and texting on phone probably led to this incident
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      by me on May 7, 2012 at 04:43 PM in reply to truth
      truckers are not going to risk their job by texting . I can tell you that nearly every 4 wheeler I pass people are on the phone texting or talking
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        by bowtie on May 8, 2012 at 07:35 AM in reply to me
        if think trucker wont text and drive your living in a fantacy world ,there are plenty of dumb a**'s out there that do it every day regardless of what there driving ..
  • by Class C License Location: Sherman on May 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM
    I would not want the job of a truck driver! In saying that, what is up with all of these wrecks involving 18-wheelers!? This makes 3 in our area in less than a week. I'm sure alot of these companies put pressure on the driver to get from point A to point B in record time. So, very little rest plus a tired driver equals more accidents. In closing, truckers please slow down - you can't turn or stop those things on a dime; get some sleep; and arrive at your destination in one piece.
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      by Jen on May 7, 2012 at 02:28 PM in reply to Class C License
      Most of the time it is not the truck driver but stupid people in the 4-wheelers causing the accident. People do not realize that a big truck weighing 80K pounds cannot stop on a dime. People need to watch out for truckers like they watch for motorcycles!
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        by April on May 7, 2012 at 05:38 PM in reply to Jen
        I believe every licensed driver should spend a day in a truck and experience what problems 4 wheelers cause for trucks.
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          by Class C License on May 8, 2012 at 11:13 AM in reply to April
          Well, this is where we can just agree to disagree. Becoming a truck driver is a person's choice. They were not forced into that profession. Bottom line is, courtesy and caution needs to be extended no matter how many wheels the vehicle has.
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        by Rider on May 7, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to Jen
        Who watches out for motorcycles? I spend more time watching out for everybody else.
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