Acid clean up continues at Mass. turnpike stop

3:44 AM, Jul 29, 2010   |    comments
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BLANDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- Hazardous materials officials have completed off-loading of sulfuric acid waste from a carrier truck on the Massachusetts Turnpike, but the clean up is scheduled to continue at least until Thursday.

The tanker remains isolated at a service plaza in the Hampden County town of Blandford. The rest stop is expected to be closed at least another day.

State police say the truck contained approximately 40,000 pounds of the waste sulfuric product. Hazmat officials who opened the tanker on Tuesday discovered a rupture of one of its compartments.

Police say there is no danger to the surrounding area. However, the substance poses a threat to those exposed to it.

Police say the truck driver suffered an initial minor exposure and that the leak is limited to the rest area.







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