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Truck leak leaves hazmat crews scrambling

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

Clark County emergency response crews were one the scene for about three hours today trying to determine the potential impact of a chemical leaking out of a semi-truck.

A truck that had pulled onto the scales at the 96 Truck Stop was leaking some sort of chemical from its trailer. The driver noticed the leak and asked the worker at the scales to contact the fire department. The truck, which was from Southern Refrigerated Transport based out of Texarkana, Arkansas, was transporting barrels of two different chemicals. The chemicals were flammable and toxic which was why crews wanted to take every precaution.

Using sensors, crews determined that the amount of chemical that leaked was such a small amount that it did not pose a threat to the community. The scene was subsequently turned over to a private clean-up company.

The truck was carrying a mixed load of benzene and toluene. Benzene is a colorless and highly flammable liquid that is a natural constituent of crude oil. Toluene is a clear, water-insoluble liquid with the typical smell of paint thinners that is widely used as an industrial feedstock and as a solvent.

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