Overturned big rig spills chemicals on road

March 29, 2010 7:57:54 PM PDT
HazMat crews continue to monitor a dangerous chemical spill in east Harris County. An 18-wheeler overturned spilling its highly corrosive cargo of hydrochloric acid. That big rig overturned just before 7am on Haden Road near the Eastex Freeway.

Hundreds of workers were denied access to Haden Road due to the chemical spill. Deputies blocked off the roadway and people who work down that road had to wait nearby for clearance.

Sources told Eyewitness News that the 18-wheeler tipped while turning out of PVS Chemical plant. Harris County authorities, HazMat and the Cloverleaf volunteer fire department spent nearly all of Monday cleaning up the spill. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the rig leaked hydrochloric acid on the roadway.

There are at least three other nearby chemical plants along Haden Road. Workers on shift at the time of the chemical spill were asked to shelter in place. Non-essential night shift workers were asked to leave the premises.

Officials stabilized the tanker Monday afternoon and essentially evacuated people out that didn't need to be there. There were no injuries reported.


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