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I-26 west near exit 199 remains closed for highly flammable chemical in overturned truck

Courtesy: Heather Weaver

UPDATE: I-26 west reopens nearly 12 hours after truck carrying highly flammable chemical crashed

Interstate 26 westbound in the area between mile markers 199 and 194 remains closed after the South Carolina Highway Patrol reports an overturned tractor trailer caused a HAZMAT situation.

According to Highway Patrol, the truck was carrying a chemical called parachlorobenzotrifluoride, which is highly flammable. The road closure is a result of extreme precautions being taken to prevent the chemical from accidentally catching fire.

Eastbound lanes on I-26 were also closed for several hours as a result of the wreck, but reopened around 4:30 p.m.

The wreck occurred shortly after 9 a.m. The truck's driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, officials say.

Drivers are asked to continue avoiding the area. Traffic in the area is being diverted off the interstate at the exits.

Check back with ABC News 4 as we continue to follow this story.

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