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Caddo Public Schools Closed Thursday Following Semi Accident/ Hazmat Cleanup

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CADDO, OK -- A major highway in Texoma is shut down Wednesday night and will stay that way for hours.

Oklahoma State Troopers say a truck driver is dead after a crash in Bryan County. They say the truck was carrying acid which spilled all over the roadway there.

Caddo Public Schools will be closed Thursday. The superintendent says the campus will not be open because of the accident.

While local and state agencies work to clean up the mess, traffic is being directed around the area.

We're told the chemical is not a danger to other drivers and the community.

It happened around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 22 in Caddo.

Troopers say a truck carrying sulphuric acid crashed and the chemical spilled all over the roadway.

The driver of that truck has died. We're not sure how the crash happened or who the man is.

We're told crews will have that part of the highway shut down for several more hours Wednesday night. 

“Fatality accidents are unfortunately pretty common,” said Lt. Scott Hampton with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, “accidents with spills of this magnitude are fairly rare thank goodness."

The Choctaw Nation was able to bring out their Mobile Emergency Center to help assist first responders. Lt. Hampton says in events like this, the center is a life line.  

"It's rare to actually have something of this size that's able to be here within the hour like the nation's been able to bring out to us,” he said. “It's a life saver to bring out to events like this."

We're told the spill has been contained. Durant firefighters are handling the release of the chemical. In the meantime, the trucking company has sent a hazmat clean-up crew.

Clearly a tragic situation since a man lost his life. Troopers tell us they haven't been able to notify his family.

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