HAZ-MAT TEAMS ON SCENE IN SANTA TERESA; EVACUATION ZONE ESTABLISHED; 200 BEING TREATED FOR EXPOSURE TO UNKNOWN SUBSTANCE

HAZ-MAT TEAMS ON SCENE IN SANTA TERESA; EVACUATION ZONE ESTABLISHED; 200 BEING TREATED FOR EXPOSURE TO UNKNOWN SUBSTANCE

In response to a developing hazardous-materials situation, the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Services Department Hazardous Materials Response Team has established a command post at Airport Road and the Pete V. Domenici Highway near the Doña Ana County Industrial Park and the Santa Teresa Port of Entry.

A mandatory evacuation is underway for an area up to two miles from the industrial park. Approximately 200 people are in triage for symptoms of light-headedness, nausea and dizziness. No serious injuries have been reported, and no one has yet been transported to area hospitals.

The Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority has activated a reverse 911 call to alert residents and businesses within two miles of the incident to remain indoors, seal all doors and windows and turn off air conditioning and heating systems that bring outside air into the home or business.

The exact nature of the incident remains under investigation by authorities. Travelers and the media are advised to stay at least two miles from the area until authorities clear the area for traffic.

The Doña Ana County Emergency Operations Center is in standby status. Helicopters and equipment from various agencies in both Doña Ana County and El Paso County are standing by to assist if necessary.

Updates will be provided as more information is received.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.