Tanker Filled with Acid Overturns on 126 Freeway

Turned Over Tanker Truck Blocks 126 Freeway for Hours

Today was not a good day to travel in the Santa Clarita area. Today the 126 Freeway had to be shut down because of a Tuesday morning accident. They shut down the 126 Freeway when a tanker truck that was filled with acid had overturned. The tank ended up spilling some of the acid onto the roadway.

The Tanker Truck Incident

The California Highway Patrol reported that the accident happened on the westbound 126 Freeway which is near the 5 Freeway. It happened relatively early in the day, at around 8:40 in the morning.

The California Highway Patrol also issued a SigAlert at around nine in the morning. The entire 126 Freeway had to close down between Commerce Center Drive and Vanderbilt Way.

The Acid Cleanup Could Take Hours

That wasn’t the only part that had to be shut down though, the northbound 5 Freeway off-ramp to the westbound 126 Freeway also had to be shut down. Police didn’t know how long the roads would be shut down for cleanup.

According to the report from the Los Angeles County Fire department, the tanker truck was carrying 2000 gallons of clay acid. They estimated that a 50-70 gallons had spilled from the tank.

The fire department deemed the incident as a “hazardous materials situation”. Hazmat crews were on scene working hard to clean up the road. The report also said that the spill stayed contained to the freeway and luckily away from a storm drain.

The sheriff’s department took to twitter to warn people to stay clear of the area. They also warned local businesses and residents to keep all windows closed.

No evacuations were ordered however the crews worked hard for a good part of the day to get the road opened again.

Luckily there were no injures reported.

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