Hazmat crews were called in to clean up a potentially deadly chemical spill at a Love’s Truck Stop in Jasper, Alabama, that was caused by a leaking truck.
The incident occurred Monday night at the Love’s at exit 65 on I-22. A truck driver noticed a drip when he was inspecting his load and discovered that his truck was leaking Dimethyl Amino Ethyl Acrylate, which is extremely toxic and can even be fatal if inhaled. The toxic acrylic acid was leaking every 40 seconds from the truck. The truck driver called his company, who notified local authorities.
The truck stop was evacuated and a perimeter was formed around the truck. Authorities evacuated 18-wheelers to the side of the road.
It took hazmat crews almost 8 hours to clean the spill because they took shifts and had to change out their protective suits every time they left and reentered the scene. Authorities say that the spill is now completely cleaned up.
No injuries have yet been reported as a result of the spill.