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U.S. 87 closed north of Nixon

U.S. 87 closed north of Nixon
U.S. 87 north of Nixon is closed near the Blue Dolphin Energy refinery. Motorists are being urged to avoid the area.

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Wilson County News
March 10, 2015, 4:14pm
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Motorists traveling near Nixon are being urged to avoid U.S. 87 near the Blue Dolphin Energy refinery where the road is closed. As of 4 p.m. March 10, crews were working to offload a truck leaking naphtha.

Edwin Baker, coordinator of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office suggested motorists who must drive in and around Nixon should drive S.H. 119 to S.H. 80, or use F.M. 1681.

Baker said earlier this afternoon, the driver of a truck that had loaded the petroleum byproduct neglected to disconnect a valve before driving away from a filling point on the refinery property, which resulted in a spill.

Additional trucks brought in to offload the naphtha became stuck in the mud as drivers tried to avoid causing congestion on the highway.

Naphtha vapors are highly flammable because it has a low ignition point, Baker said.

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William J. Gibbs Jr.  
March 10, 2015 10:44pm
Edwin Baker reported that the roadway was reopened at 5:30 p.m. and that the scene was cleared by 7:30 p.m.

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