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Possible hazardous materials leak was just oil

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What was reported as a possible leak of hazardous material at a local truck stop Thursday night turned out to be a small oil leak.

The driver of a truck transporting various materials — some that could be classified as hazardous — pulled into the Chisum Travel Center at 5500 North Main Street Thursday night when he spotted some unknown substance dripping from the truck’s trailer, Ray Wilson, a public information officer with the New Mexico State Police, said in an email Friday.

“Out of precaution (the) fire department was called in and tested the substance, which turned out to be nothing more than motor oil,” Wilson said. “The spill was cleaned up and the truck resumed its journey.”

Wilson said he did not know what specific materials the truck was carrying when it pulled into the truck stop just off of U.S. 285.

New Mexico State Police are in charge of handling incidents that involve hazardous chemicals but Wilson said State Police were not asked to assist with the incident and that the response was handled by local police.

The possible leak was reported at 8:30 p.m. Chaves County deputies, as well as Roswell police officers, the fire department and EMTs were on the scene soon thereafter.

Todd Wildermuth, Roswell Police Department public information officer, said that soon after getting a call police, in collaboration with county deputies, established a wide perimeter to limit traffic in the affected area and evacuate areas downwind from the incident.

Police and first responders had left the scene by 10 p.m.

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