Chemical Spill at CR-255 in Madison County

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By: Lanetra Bennett
July 9, 2014

Nearly 200 gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled near the Interstate in Madison County Wednesday morning.

Crews were on scene all day cleaning up the chemical spill.

The accident happened just before 7:00 Wednesday morning. It completely shut down Madison County Road 255 near I-10.

SGT John Haire, with the Florida Highway Patrol, says, "Cleanup is actually done by a contracted company. The HazMat team was here just to make sure the scene was secure. If anyone had been contaminated, they could take care of it with the decontamination process."

Troopers say a pick-up truck driver pulling a flatbed trailer, loaded with several containers of hydrochloric acid, exited westbound off of the interstate, ran a stop sign, and flipped the trailer over as he was turning left onto 255.

The Madison Fire Department, Florida Department of Environment Protection, and the Tallahassee Fire Department's HazMat Team immediately responded.

Troopers say the driver of the truck works for a company out of Jacksonville. He was hauling the chemical to the paper mill in Perry. Authorities say the mill uses hydrochloric acid to clean their storage units.

No one was hurt in the spill. The driver was ticketed for running the stop sign.

"It has killed the business today. It has been sooo slow." Says, Jamie Stewart. She's a manager at the Arby's Restaurant on CR-255.

She says, "Sales have been phenomenal for weeks and weeks and weeks and then we have regular scheduled buses. We had to cancel the buses because buses have no way to get around it. It has definitely been a horrible day for sales because of that spill."

The area was not evacuated.

As of 6:30 p.m., only the I-10 ramps are closed--the westbound exit to south County Road 255 and eastbound exit to north 255.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 9, 2014

MADISON, Fla. -- Officials say that this morning at approximately 6:45 a.m., Eugene Saliard, 45, of Jacksonville failed to stop at a stop sign while attempting to turn left onto CR-255 from the westbound exit ramp of I-10.

A trailer attached to the Ford pickup truck overturned and spilled approximately 150-200 gallons of hydrochloric acid out of several containers. The truck stopped facing south on the west shoulder of CR-255.

The Tallahassee Fire Department Haz-Mat team responded to work with Madison Fire Department in an attempt to clean up the spill.

Both lanes of CR-255 remains closed at this time as cleanup is underway. Officials report that I-10 is open and unaffected.

No injuries have been reported.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
July 9, 2014

MADISON, Fla. -- A Chemical Spill has been reported on CR-255 near I-10 in Madison County from a vehicle accident involving a truck. A hazardous material unit has been dispatched to the scene, located near the I-10 overpass at exit 262.

Troopers say the driver left the interstate at exit 262 on the westbound I-10 ramp. As he was turning left onto County Road 255, the trailer on the truck overturned. The barrels of hydrochloric acid fell on the ground and spilled.

Florida Highway Patrol, Madison County Fire Department and Tallahassee Fire Department are working in conjunction at the scene.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, northbound and southbound lanes of CR-255 have been closed.

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