Corrosive chemical overheats, spills from Dallas truck


by Associated Press


Posted on June 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 18 at 8:40 PM

DALLAS — Dallas Fire-Rescue dispatched a hazardous materials team to check on a truck that was leaking a fluid and emitting a brownish-orange smoke early Tuesday evening.

The situation was reported shortly after 5:30 at the Penske Truck Rental facility in Northwest Dallas.

The ChemStation truck also bore markings indicating it has a carload of corrosive liquid. According to its website, ChemStation specializes in "environmentally-friendly industrial cleaning chemicals."

Two Dallas Fire-Rescue personnel dressed in protective suits opened the rear door of the truck as the smoke could be seen drifting from the vehicle.

The leaking fluid was identified as a type of cleaning mixture containing nitric acid, investigators said. The chemical overheated, expanded, and began leaking from its container.

Ambulances were standing by as the immediate was sealed off as a precaution, but no injuries were reported.

The company handling the chemical was called out to transfer the acid into new containers.



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