TTPD confirms substance spill is dirt, Mall Drive roadway reopens

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TEXARKANA, Texas. (KTAL/KMSS) – The Texarkana Texas Police Department says they believe the substance that was wasted on Mall Drive Wednesday afternoon was only dirt, and they have reopened the roadway for drivers.

According to TTPD, the dirt was spilled between Spring Lake Park and Stateline. A driver told police he was traveling behind a truck on Mall Drive and the truck in front of him started wasting its load on the roadway. The driver was unable to dodge the substance and proceeded to drive through it before turning off the road.

When the driver went through a car wash at some point, he realized that his skin was burning from whatever came from the truck. Police originally thought the substance was chemical.

TTPD says the roadway was being shut down until they could figure out what the substance was. The testing for it can take from 20 minutes to six hours.

Drivers were being diverted through Spring Lake Park until further notice.

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