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Police close Navarro Street after chemical leak

By chirst
March 15, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated March 15, 2013 at 10:16 p.m.

Utility workers survey the damage near the intersection of Navarro and Red River streets after a two-vehicle crash caused two utility poles to come down onto Navarro Street. One person suffered minor injuries in the crash Friday night.

Officials temporarily halted traffic on Navarro Street for several hours Friday night to clean up a hazardous chemical leak after a two-vehicle crash at Red River Street caused a truck to strike a transformer.

A 2006 Dodge Charger, driven by Marlee Mize, 22, of Austin, was northbound on Navarro Street about 8 p.m. when it collided with a 2000 Chevy Silverado, also traveling northbound on Navarro Street, said Victoria Police Officer Jeremy Buchhorn.

Mize was trying to make a U-turn when her car struck the pickup and caused it to crash into two utility poles and a transformer, Buchhorn said.

The driver of the Silverado, Antonio Campuzano Jr., 22, of Victoria, was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, Buchhorn said.

AEP crews and the Victoria Fire Department worked to contain a fuel oil leak from the transformer.

Navarro Street was closed between Virginia Avenue and Red River Street for several hours.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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