Around 8 a.m. Thursday, New Mexico State Police handled a hazmat incident on Interstate 25 at mile marker 257 northbound involving a commercial vehicle leaking liquid oxygen.
A State Police officer on patrol noticed the vehicle leaking fluid and initiated a traffic stop. After initial contact, both northbound and southbound I-25 lanes were closed as a precaution due to the potentially hazardous chemical.
Officers determined the cause for the leak was an issue with a safety valve on the commercial vehicle. A hazmat crew arrived and the chemicals were removed and the scene was rendered safe.
Three responding State Police officers were treated for inhalation of the substance and all officers have been released.