HMN-Lafayette, LA HAZMAT units were dispatched to a vehicle accident, where several IBC’s of Sodium Hydroxide were leaking. KATC provides more.
The Scott Fire Department was dispatched to a major traffic accident on Heide Circle around 5 p.m. yesterday.
Upon arrival, responders observed a singe vehicle accident involving a semi truck and a box trailer with hazardous materials placards, in a ditch.
Lafayette Fire Department’s Hazardous Material Unit was requested, to identify the product and determine if there was a leak.
The Haz-Mat crews identified the product as 41,700 pounds of sodium hydroxide.
While examining the trailer for any leaks, haz-mat personnel began receiving volatile organic compound readings with their equipment, which confirmed there was a leak inside the trailer.
Haz-mat team members made entry into the trailer and observed several 350-gallon containers sodium hydroxide, some of which were leaking.
Haz-Mat personnel removed the containers from the trailer where they were secured and decontaminated. The containers were then loaded on a separate truck for delivery.
They trailer was then turned over to a recovery company to be properly decontaminated.
It was determined that the driver took a wrong turn and was unable to negotiate a turn in the road.
There were no injuries as a result of this incident.