UPDATE: Driver avoiding deer caused semi-truck wreck, chemical spill, report says
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A semi-truck carrying hazardous material overturned near Macon Rd. and Calumet Dr. in the Midland area early Thursday morning.
Westbound traffic coming into Columbus has been blocked off as workers are in the process of cleaning up the hazardous materials. A detour has been setup along Pope Rd.
A CPD incident reports says the driver claims that a deer ran out front of his vehicle, and as he attempted to swerve to avoid the deer, his tired made contact with the shoulder, causing it to flip and slide down the road.
The roadway will continue to be blocked to drivers until the spill is cleaned.
Columbus Fire and EMS official Rickey Shores said the accident caused the spill of tetraethylammonium hydroxide, a highly corrosive liquid mainly used for industrial purposed, such as burning etchings into metal.
Shores said that a 40-hour hazmat crew has been on the scene and that the cleanup is ongoing. Georgia DOT and the Georgia EPA are also on scene assessing the scene. The spill does not present an inhalation hazard to the area.
Shores said that crews hope to have one lane open for thru traffic by this afternoon, but no time has been set as to when it will happen.
According to Columbus Police, the accident happened after midnight and the driver refused medical transport to the hospital, but will be examined.
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