Part of Highway 19 in Thomas Co. closed due to sodium hydroxide spill

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 16, 2020

The agency says the spill from the overturned vehicle near the Highway 19 and North Bypass intersection has been contained, with help from Thomas County Public Works.

THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WCTV) -- Part of Highway 19 in Thomas County will be closed for about 12 hours because of a hazardous spill in the area, according to the Thomas County Emergency Management Agency.

The agency says the spill from the overturned vehicle near the Highway 19 and US 84 North Bypass intersection has been contained, with help from Thomas County Public Works.

It happened around 10 a.m., and the semi-truck that spilled the material was the only vehicle involved in the crash, according to Thomas County Fire and Rescue Chief Chris Jones. The driver was not hurt.

Jones also said the semi contained sodium hydroxide, a corrosive substance that can cause harm when touched or inhaled.

About 800 gallons of it spilled, and at least 250 gallons had spilled before law enforcement arrived to the area. Crews unloading the trailer will move it to a new location, Jones said.

Traffic can pass the accident on Highway 19, however, the US 84 Bypass is closed.

Thomasville Public Works is working to prevent the substance from getting into the water.

Jones said he thinks most of the liquid just pooled on the surface and didn't get into nearby streams.

The agency also says Thomas County Schools have been told about the spill, so bus routes will avoid the area.

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