Hazmat Spill on I-55 in Downtown Memphis

Hazmat Spill on I-55 in Downtown Memphis

Hazmat crews worked through the night Wednesday after an overturned tractor trailer spilled a nitrate solution in downtown Memphis.
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 (Photo: ABC 24 News)
(Photo: ABC 24 News)
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Hazmat crews worked through the night Wednesday after an overturned tractor trailer spilled a nitrate solution.

A fire department spokesman says the truck was navigating the I-55 North ramp towards St. Louis around 7 p.m. on Wednesday when its load shifted, causing the truck to overturn.

According to reports at the scene, the truck was carrying 41,000 pounds of nitrate solution, identified as cobalt nitrate. The spokesman said that 9 of 14 canisters ruptured, causing cobalt nitrate to spill.

Cobalt nitrate can irritate eyes and skin.

An early concern was a nearby drainage ditch, but hazmat crews were able to contain the spill in about an hour, preventing the nitrate solution from leaking.

Late Wednesday, specialized clean-up crews arrived. A team leader said crews would build dams with shipped in dirt to contain the spill, then use powerful vacuums to clean up all the solution.

The truck was towed from the scene around 7 a.m. and the area was re-opened to traffic by 8:30 a.m. There were no injuries reported.
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