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Possible hazardous materials leak at Roswell truck stop

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First responders on the scene of a reported hazardous materials leak at Chisum Travel Center at 5500 N. Main St. Thursday night. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Word of a leak — possibly of a hazardous substance — was reported at a local truck stop Thursday night.

The possible hazardous materials leak outside the Chisum Travel Center at 5500 North Main Street was first reported at about 8:30 p.m.

Chaves County deputies, Roswell Police Department officers as well as fire department personnel and ambulances responded to the call.

Law enforcement at the scene said they either could not comment, or said they were not at liberty to talk.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the RPD, said the only information he had was that was a something suspicious was spotted leaking from a semi truck, and because of the way it was marked, it was believed the leak could be of a hazardous material, and so first responders were called to check it out.

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“We have no idea what it is. It may be nothing, but we are checking it out,” Wildermuth said Thursday night.

In New Mexico, state police are tasked with taking the lead in handling any incidents that involve hazardous materials, Wildermuth said.

An employee at the truck stop and convenience store said that at 9:45 p.m. her store was open.

The Roswell Daily Record will provide more information as it becomes available.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.