Trucker Spills Up to 5,000 Gallons of Toxic Chemicals on Tennessee Roads

A tanker picked up several thousand gallons of sulfuric acid in Clarksville. He noticed it was leaking just east of the LP Field exit in Nashville. Members of the Metro Nashville Police Department and the Metro Public Works department responded to the scene of the accident to contain the spill and prevent it from contaminating the city’s water supply. Crews say that these efforts were successful.

Officials are not sure how much acid leaked in the incident, but estimate that it could be up to 5,000 gallons.

Two people required medical treatment in the accident. The truck driver suffered burns when he attempted to repair the leak, and a driver following the truck required treatment for inhaling toxic fumes and eye irritation.

Officials advise everyone who drove east on I-24 on or after September 24 to check their tires for potential damage.

Sulfuric acid is a highly corrosive chemical. It can cause permanent blindness when it comes in direct contact with a person’s eyes. It can also cause severe chemical burns when handled directly.

This is one example of how dangerous truck accidents can be. We are thankful that the cleanup crews prevented water contamination and cleaned up the spill without any other injuries. If you know someone who suffered injuries in a truck accident or toxic chemical spill, feel free to call our office at (615) 845-6141. We offer free consultations to advise you on your best options.

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7.

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