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Trouble leaving Las Vegas: I-15 closed near state line after tanker spill

I-15 freeway near the California-Nevada state line.
I-15 freeway near the California-Nevada state line.
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A tanker crash and chemical spill near the California-Nevada border has forced a closure of the busy I-15 freeway in both directions. On a Friday. 

Highway patrol officials in Nevada and California say the early morning accident happened a few miles south of the state line town of Primm.

The Nevada Highway Patrol has southbound traffic shut down at Primm. The California Highway Patrol has northbound traffic stopped at Yates Well Road, Exit 291.

It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was injured.

UPDATE 11:33 p.m. - Officials says I-15 could be compromised all day in both directions as a result of the crash. Two northbound lanes have reopened at Yates Well Road, according to CHP Trooper Adam Croxton, but both southbound lanes remain closed at Primm. 

3,000 gallons of corrosive ferric chloride and a small amount of diesel fuel near the center median are being handled by a hazardous materials team.

UPDATE 1:46 p.m. - Both southbound lanes of Interstate 15 have reopened at Primm near the CA-NV state line, more than 6 hours after the traffic incident. One northbound lane is open and one remains closed at Yates Well Road.