Authorities closed a portion of Interstate 5 to traffic after a chemical spill created hazardous conditions on the highway. According to news reports, a hazardous material unit with the Orange County Fire Authority determined that approximately six gallons of muriatic acid spilled off a truck. Apparently the California Highway Patrol began receiving reports of the spill emitting strong fumes in traffic lanes.
Emergency services shut down all lanes of the highway to allow HazMat teams to clean-up the area. A SigAlert was declared as traffic came to complete standstill between San Juan Creek Road and Camino Capistrano. No injuries were reported from the toxic fumes and nearby businesses did not need to be evacuated.
As an Orange County personal injury lawyer I urge motorists to alert emergency services by calling 911 to report hazardous material or debris that may cause dangerous driving conditions for commuters. If you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident in California, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.