UPDATE: Overturned lorry in Tucson, Arizona hazmat incident confirmed as transporting nitric acid

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The overturned lorry on the I-10 highway in Tucson, Arizona, has been confirmed as carrying nitric acid in liquid form.


Wednesday, February 15 at 2:15am

It has been confirmed by Tucson Fire Department that the lorry which overturned on the I-10 highway was carrying nitric acid in a liquid form.

In a tweet, it wrote: “Tucson Fire Hazmat Team working with our partners at @Arizona_DPS to control the hazmat and brush fire incidents at Rita and I10. Continue to avoid the area, I10 will remain closed an extended period of time. Stay safe @cityoftucson”.

The Arizona Department of Public safety informed in a tweet that: “#Tucson: Interstate 10 is closed in BOTH directions between Rita Road & Kolb Road in Tucson due to a crash and a hazmat spill. We anticipate an extensive closure. Please avoid the area. #AZTraffic“.

Wednesday, February 15 at 0:34am

The authorities in Tucson, Arizona, have issued a hazmat alert and a ‘shelter in place’ warning after a truck carrying hazardous materials overturned on the I-10 highway. It applies until further notice to members of the public within a one-mile radius of the incident.

According to Upward News, the load may have contained nitric acid gas. This is a highly corrosive material which can cause burning sensations to the eyes, nose, skin, & lungs.

Video footage of the accident uploaded onto social media shows the lorry lying on its side in the central reservation with red and orange-coloured gases escaping from its trailer.

This is a breaking news story and we will try to keep you updated as more information becomes available, thank you.


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