Acid spill on North-South Expressway, no casualties reported

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  • Saturday, 09 Feb 2019

A screenshot of a tweet by Bernama showing the acid tanks on the highway after the incident.

SEREMBAN (Bernama): ? A trailer carrying nitric acid, which was being towed, overturned at KM270.5 of the North-South Expressway (north bound) near the Seremban Rest and Recreation area here Saturday (Feb 9).

Seremban Fire and Rescue Station head Mohamad Idris said the incident, which occurred at about 5am, caused the aqueous nitric acid in two tanks to leak.

“The trailer broke down and was being towed by a tow-truck, but the rope used to tow the trailer broke loose, causing the trailer to overturn.

“Thirty-five tanks of nitric acid fell and two of the tanks cracked, causing the nitric acid to spill onto the road,” he said when contacted here.

Mohamad said the station was informed of the incident at 5.09 am, following which a team from the Hazardous Material (Hazmat) unit was sent to the location.

The Hazmat team took about two hours to clear the road of the acid, he said, adding that the incident did not involve any casualties and the case had been handed over to the Department of Environment for further action. - Bernama

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