Semi Slams Into Viaduct Causes HAZMAT Alarm
Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2008 ; 07:48 AM
Updated Tuesday, September 2, 2008 ; 01:47 PM
Truck contains phosphoric acid, but does not pose safety risk at this time.
There are 72 barrels of phosphoric acid inside the truck. Chief Fuller said the phosphoric acid is the lesser concentrated solution 8 used as an active ingrediant in soda pop.
At this time it does not pose any risk to the community, Fuller said.
The large box truck initially struck the 8th Street viaduct around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. It then pulled onto 8th Avenue in front of the Cabell 911 dispatch center. CSX officials were called to inspect the bridge to make sure it remained safe for trains.
HAZMAT crews were also brought in to assess the situation.
"As we took a look at the situation our biggest concern was if it were higher concentrated phosphoric acid and it mixed with metal it would produce large quantities of hydrogen," explained Fuller.
Though it poses no danger to the public, according to Fuller, the truck was driven down to the area of 28th Street and 8th Avenue for off loading.
"Once the containers are transferred to another trailer the contents and the truck will be handed back over to the carrier," Fuller said.
Story by Craig McKee
HUNTINGTON — Emergency crews are looking into the contents of a truck in downtown Huntington. Huntington fire Chief Greg Fuller said the truck contains phosphoric acid.