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[KHTS] – Emergency personnel are responding to a chemical spill on Interstate 5 near the Highway 126 interchange.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol officers and county Fire Department personnel have been on the scene since about 8:40 a.m. Traffic on Highway 126 is shut down in both directions, and there are multiple road closures, but I-5 remains open as officials work to clean up an acid spill.

HazMat officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department are working on getting the road clear, and the closures are expected to remain in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to a CHP press release.

Three deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station are being evaluated for any potential health effects from fume inhalation as a precautionary measure due to the hazardous nature of the chemical that spilled onto the roadway. As of 1:30 p.m., officials are still working to turn over the truck, which was left on its side in the crash.

Officials on scene noted the presence of a strong chemical odor and are advising area businesses, such as SkyHigh Sports, a CalTrans yard and Higher Vision Church, to keep doors and windows closed until the area is cleared. No evacuations have been ordered.

The crash took place when a big rig truck carrying two 2,000-gallon tanks of sodium hydrosulfide, which is also known as clay acid or mud acid, tipped over as it attempted to take to exit Interstate 5 and enter Highway 126 heading westbound at too great a speed, according to preliminary reports.

Christian A. Besamat, 44, of Bakersfield was reported as the driver of the truck.

Sodium hydrosulfide is highly corrosive material used in the leather tanning, pulp and paper, chemical, dye, and mineral extraction industries, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

There was only one vehicle involved in the crash. The truck has two tanks, but only one tank is reportedly leaking. As of 10:30 a.m., officials were preparing a clean-up effort expected to take several hours.

A section of The Old Road near the spill site is also being shut down, due to concerns about the spill pouring down from an overpass, according to officials.

Deputies from the Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Palmdale and even Malibu stations are assisting on scene due to the volume of closures, said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The road closures are expected to continue for the next several hours.

No one was hurt in the spill, and no charges were filed against the driver whose identity was not released by officials on scene.

The incident is still under investigation by California Highway Patrol officers, who are handling the response of the incidents.

Updates can also be found on our Facebook page, and Twitter, using the hashtag #MayoIncident.

 

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48 Comments

  1. Also a lot of green acid spilled into the Santa Clara river at ave tibbits

  2. I wonder how much longer it will be closed.

  3. Hopefully the dry or near-dry conditions of the riverbed will facilitate a thorough cleanup.

  4. I was wondering what was happening. Vince Rodriguez

  5. Wonder if it’s still closed???

  6. Kim Sloan Kim Sloan says:

    Trucks in an accident, again… Sounds like a mess.

  7. David Murrie David Murrie says:

    This accident almost kill me, a cop came in to my lane head on at high speed while I was riding my motorcycle

  8. I drove by the spill and now it’s the strangest thing, I feel so strong…

  9. That’s why off ramps were closed

  10. Leslie Harbrucker King

  11. Sophie Sidky Sophie Sidky says:

    Errr… glad I didn’t drive past this now.

  12. So this is why it took me ages to get to work. And back home D:

  13. Wonder what the chemicals was

  14. Mary Cain Mary Cain says:

    This is what the wash looks like off Ave Tibbitts where I work.

  15. Mary Cain Mary Cain says:

    This is what the wash looks like off Ave Tibbitts where I work.

  16. Celina Diaz Celina Diaz says:

    Anyone have an update? Is it still closed?

  17. Bree Shields Bree Shields says:

    Dean Simpson Shields

  18. Still closed West Bound an hour ago.

  19. Lisa Dixon Lisa Dixon says:

    It’s some kind if acid.

  20. Blake Frye Blake Frye says:

    It was clay acid to be specific

  21. Just came north on 5 and 126 still closed

  22. Josh Acid would approve.

  23. Josh Acid would approve.

  24. Jamie Tvedt werent you just here in a tanker over the weekend ?

  25. Jamie Tvedt werent you just here in a tanker over the weekend ?

  26. Irina says:

    Still closed? Need to go there now:(

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