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Hazardous spill of toxic acid from big-rig trailer closes Highway 12

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Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009 10:00 pm

Highway 12 was closed between Interstate 5 and Rio Vista for most of Thursday after about 100 gallons of toxic hydrochloric acid spilled when a bigrig trailer rolled over.

The driver and one of the first firefighters on scene were both taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital for precautionary measures, because they possibly inhaled hydrochloric acid, said California Highway Patrol Officer Angel Arceo. No other injuries were reported.

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  • posted at 11:59 am on Fri, Sep 25, 2009.


    gray cloud: Common sense should have applied in this situation.

  • posted at 11:58 am on Fri, Sep 25, 2009.


    Aren't these guys well trained in what to do in such an situation, especially when carrying such materials? I wouldn't even pull over on hwy 12 there in my own little car, let alone such big rig. This driver made a bad choice in my opinion. He could have gotten someone killed as this road is not a safe place for anyone to pull over.

  • posted at 11:07 am on Fri, Sep 25, 2009.


    gray cloud-Some of us do. The driver does too.

  • posted at 9:09 am on Fri, Sep 25, 2009.


    None of us know what state laws, EPA regulations, company policy, CHP requirements, transportation laws or whatever doofus regulations are in force for these back yard chemicals when there is a trucking problem. I am sure the driver didnt either, hence the stop and call.

  • posted at 5:09 am on Fri, Sep 25, 2009.


    Galtguy you got it. I just drove by the site 20 min ago, Caltrans and a cleanup crew are still onsite. The shoulder at that location is so narrow that no trucker in his right mind would choose that spot to pull over.

  • posted at 3:10 am on Fri, Sep 25, 2009.


    Galtguy got it right....this is the 3rd time in a year that I planned on driving to the bay area and highway 12 was closed due to accidents. Thank goodness everybody was OK and thank goodness I have 4-60 air conditioning in my jeep.

  • posted at 1:11 am on Fri, Sep 25, 2009.


    The ole' BS meter is getting pegged on this one!So let me get this straight. The driver pulled over, put out his triangles, made a phone call, picked up his triangles, THEN the trailer rolled? After how much time?You heard it here first- the driver drifted from the roadway, or pulled off the roadway onto the shoulder, rolled the trailer. Period. End of story.Note to the FireFighter, when responding to a HAZMAT call, don your SCBA first, then approach. They should have had their BA's on in the engine upon arrival. What happened?

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