Jackknifed Truck Spills Sulfuric Acid - NBC 7 San Diego

Jackknifed Truck Spills Sulfuric Acid

Crews work to clean up a hazmat spill after a driver, lost control of a tractor- double trailer.



    A truck driver lost control at Miramar Road and Carroll Road early Monday closing down several streets and leaking approximately 30 gallons of diesel fuel and sulfuric acid on the street according to San Diego Fire Hazmat. 

    The driver behind the wheel of a truck carrying 150 pounds of what’s called Flammable 3 and sulfuric acid lost control around 3 a.m. just west of the Miramar golf course and north of MCAS Miramar.

    Investigators say the driver was reaching for fruit on the floor of the truck when he lost control and drove the truck up onto a sidewalk.

    When the driver tried to correct the vehicle, the double trailers started swinging back and forth and ultimately tipped over police said.

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    When the truck was turned upright, about 4 hours later, sulfuric acid was spilled according to Captain Robin Cervantes.

    Hazmat crews say they have the spill under control.

    The public is not in danger and there will be no evacuations. 

    A co-worker of the injured driver said the big rig is difficult to drive but said the driver is an experienced driver who's worked for the company for years.

    "He just said his shoulder blade kind of hurt, he got some scratches, doctors were checking up on him to make sure he's ok, he sounds not too bad," said Benjamin Martinez.

    San Diego Fire Hazmat crews estimate approximately 30 gallons of diesel fuel spilled.

    The driver’s company, Oak Harbor Freightlines, said the truck was carrying 150 pounds of what's called Flammable 3 and sulfuric acid.

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    The challenge for crews is to make sure that sulfuric acid does not spill out of that big rig.

    The truck was placed upright but crews are still cleaning up the mess.

    The westbound lanes of Miramar were closed at Carroll Road for several hours. Firefighters say Miramar Road was open to traffic at approximately 8:30 a.m. however a section of Carroll Road remained closed.

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