Trucking company could face fines for acid spill in west Tulsa

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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 2/10 5:32 pm Published: 2/10 9:01 am

TULSA, Okla. - Traffic is moving again on Highway 75 northbound in west Tulsa after a tanker truck spilled sulfuric acid just north of Southwest Boulevard during rush hour Monday morning.

Crews spent hours cleaning up. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol both responded to the scene, as did Berryhill Fire Department and Tulsa Hazmat crews.

“The top manhole was closed but it wasn't secure,” said Trooper Robert Deitrick with OHP.

He said someone driving by noticed the acid spilling from the truck and called 911. The truck driver noticed it too.

“The driver, as he's making a turn, saw the product coming out in his mirror, he stopped the truck immediately. It's a normal spout that's used to onload and off-load, and it just wasn't secure, the driver should've rechecked it, but it just didn't happen,” said Deitrick.

It took hours for Tulsa Fire Department's Hazmat team to first put down sand, then do a PH test at the scene.

Then the trucking company paid for a private company to come in and clean up. ODOT estimated as much as 30 gallons of acid spilled on the road. Workers put down soda ash to neutralize it, then cleaned it up.

ODOT said the acid won't eat away at the pavement, but they are checking to make sure it didn't spill out and damage the expansion joints of the bridge the truck traveled over to get onto Highway 75.

Hazmat crews also said drivers shouldn’t we worried about the acid damaging their tires if they drove over it.

FOX23 asked OHP about the trucking company's safety record. Deitrick said they are a sound company based in Oklahoma. He's done previous inspections with them and has not found any problems. And they've been very cooperative.

OHP said the driver does not face any charges. The trucking company could be fined and will have to pay for cleanup.

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Unwashed Mass - 2/10/2014 10:57 AM
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If he were parked on a bridge or overpass and made a puddle, that would be one thing, but a slow drip while doing 80 wont even be detectable. ODOT is overreaching.
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