11:39 a.m. – LAS CRUCES – Dona Ana County emergency personnel are evacuating a largely undeveloped area up to two miles around a Santa Teresa industrial park following a hazardous materials spill Tuesday morning.
About 200 people were in triage for symptoms including difficulty breathing, light headedness, nausea and dizziness, but no serious injuries were reported and no one had been sent to local hospitals, according to Jess Williams, the Dona Ana County public information officer.
The precise nature of the incident remains under investigation by authorities. Air quality testing was underway to determine what is causing people in the area to become sick.
A shelter for evacuees has been set up at Santa Teresa High School.
11-:36 a.m. – Authorities say a hazardous materials release has sickened some 200 people in the Santa Teresa area near the Mexican border.
A mandatory evacuation is under way for two miles around the Dona Ana County Industrial Park and the port of entry south of Las Cruces.
Officials say 200 people are in triage for symptoms of light-headedness, nausea and dizziness, but no serious injuries have been reported, and no one has been sent to the hospital.
The Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority has activated a system to alert people in nearby homes and businesses to stay indoors, seal all doors and windows and turn off air conditioning and heating systems that bring in outside air.
Authorities are still investigating what material has been released and from where.
SANTA TERESA — Officials in southern New Mexico are warning residents and businesses near the Santa Teresa border crossing to seal their windows and doors and turn off heating and air conditioning systems while crews respond to a hazardous materials release near the Doña Ana County Industrial Park on Airport Road.
State and local police says details are scarce, but the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Authority has activated a reverse 911 call to alert residents and businesses within one mile of the incident to remain indoors.
State police spokesman Robert McDonald said the release is coming from an area business.