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Chemicals Spill onto Interstate after Semi Wrecks

Thu, 02/16/2012 - 4:50am
the Associated Press

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a FedEx semitrailer hauling chemicals containing formaldehyde overturned on an interstate near the Georgia-Tennessee line, forcing the highway to close for a time as crews cleaned up the chemical mess.

Sgt. John Burnette of the Georgia State Patrol says the truck, which was hauling two trailers, hit a guardrail and overturned around 5 a.m. Thursday. The wreck happened on Interstate 75 about 30 miles south of Chattanooga.

Burnette says hundreds of small bottles of sterilization fluid, each containing a small amount of formaldehyde, spilled from the truck.

Lt. Patrick Rollins is with the Whitfield County Sheriff's office. He says two of the highway's southbound lanes had reopened by late morning.

Rollins says the truck overturning caused two other wrecks, sending one woman to a hospital with minor injuries.

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