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Hazmat situation briefly disrupts Baylor ER

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Dallas Fire Rescue's hazardous materials team was called to Baylor Medical Center's emergency room Thursday afternoon to help with a patient exposed to chemicals.

Officials said the patient was taken to the hospital at about 1 p.m. after an accident on Interstate 45 in Navarro County.

The accident involved an 18-wheeler carrying a non-toxic chemical used in water purification, Aluminum Chlorohydrate. That chemical spilled onto the roadway and on the patient.

Because first responders didn't immediately know what chemical they were dealing with, the patient was kept in the back of the ambulance until the substance was determined.

Ambulances heading to Baylor were diverted for a period of time until the ER resumed normal operations.

Meanwhile, several lanes of traffic in both directions on I-45 were closed from six miles north of SH 31 to two miles south of FM 1623.

The cleanup was expected to last through 5 p.m.

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