News Update!!: Needles, CA: U.S. Highway 95 reopens after a semi truck carrying Zinc Chloride spilled.
According to the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Highway 95 has been reopen after semi truck carrying Zinc Chloride spilled along U.S. Highway 95 near Five Mile Road in Needles, California at 11:26am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017.
The accident reportedly happened when the semi truck on its side spilling its load and the driver getting out.
According to Caltrans, the semi truck was carrying Zinc Chloride, a white crystalline solid. It is soluble in water. It is corrosive to metals and therefore irritating to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes.
Zinc Chloride is used for preserving wood, in soldering fluxes, as a catalyst in chemical metals and manufacturing, and for many other uses.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department reportedly responded to the incident as well as set up a command center for the hazardous situation.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a near by R.V. Park was excavated because of the hazardous situation.
U.S. Highway 95 was closed in both directions from Interstate 40 to Five Mile Road as well as parts of Five Mile Road was closed due to the hazardous situation and first responders.
California Highway Patrol said U.S. Highway 95 was going to be closed for an estimated 12 hours.
Motorists were being turned around along U.S. Highway 95 just south of Five Mile Road well motorists were being turned around along U.S. Highway 95 at Interstate 40.
According to the California Highway Patrol, both directions U.S. Highway 95 was reopened at around 8:00am PT on Tuesday, May 30th, 2017.
No further information from the San Bernardino County Fire Department regarding this hazardous situation.
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