Large-scale hazmat event causes evacuations in Douglas

(Foto: Javier Enriquez)
(Foto: Javier Enriquez)
Updated: Feb. 27, 2018 at 12:54 PM MST
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(Foto: Javier Enriquez)
(Foto: Javier Enriquez)

DOUGLAS, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A serious car crash in Douglas Tuesday, Feb. 27, has created a large-scale hazmat event and authorities are asking people to avoid until further notice.

Earlier in the day, the Douglas Police and Fire Departments responded to a two-vehicle accident in the area of 9th and Pan American.

One of the vehicles crashed into an 1,800-gallon propane tank and injured those inside the car, according to a news release.

The tank is leaking gas and the Cochise County Sheriff's Office said a half-mile area has been evacuated, including the Walmart to the south.

At 12:30 p.m., the CCSO said all Douglas schools have been released.

The only route south into Mexico now is G Avenue to 3rd Street, west to Pan American, Pan American to port. Northbound traffic remains the same on 1st Street.

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