Friday: Hydrochloric Acid Leaked From Truck In SLC

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An unknown amount of hydrochloric acid leaked from a tank truck before the driver discovered it and stopped on Brainard Street in Norwood Thursday night.

The tractor-trailer was hauling a 275 gallon tote that contained the chemica,l as well as a separate container with sulfuric acid. The tractor trailor belongs to a Buffalo-area company which handles hazardous chemicals.

St. Lawrence County HazMat Coordinator Al Rickett told 7 News reporter John Friot the tanker's load may have shifted when the driver was forced to apply his brakes hard in Canton. Rickett, who responded to the scene, says the chemical may have been leaking from Canton to Norwood before the driver discovered it.

Rickett said the leak "was temporarily plugged with a roofing screw to stop the leak before the chemical could be pumped into another container."

Op-Tech Environmental Services of Massena was brought in to clean-up the chemical spill.

This is the second hazardous materials spill in the county in as many months. The first was an ammonia spill at Maxcy Hall on the SUNY Potsdam campus in August.

The county's hazardous materials response team (HazMat), made up of trained paid and volunteer members, was reinstated earlier this month after being cut from the county budget this year, but it is not officially back on duty yet.

Friday, December 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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