'No obvious leak' detected after truck carrying batteries overturns in La Porte, officials say

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Thursday, March 2, 2023
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LA PORTE, Texas (KTRK) -- Hazmat crews have detected "no obvious leak" after an 18-wheeler carrying lithium-ion batteries overturned in La Porte, officials said.

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The La Porte Fire Department responded to the incident at the intersection of Barbours Cut and SH-146 Thursday afternoon.

Authorities initially reported that an 18-wheeler carrying lithium-ion batteries had overturned and started leaking what they believed to be battery acid.

In a later update, fire officials said hazmat crews detected no obvious leaks, heat signatures, or off-gassing from the container box, which will be transported back to a warehouse.

Officials said that there is no concern for public safety measures but to keep expecting delays in the area until the scene is cleared.