A big rig carrying toxic, poisonous and flammable material blocked traffic early Thursday morning near Galt.
The accident happened on northbound Highway 99 at Mingo Road and the Mingo Road exit was blocked for hours. It was originally expected to be re-opened around 6 a.m., but that time has been pushed to about 11 a.m. because of the dangerous material discovered in one of the containers.
CHP said nearly 500 pounds of sulfuric acid, 300 pounds of flammable material and 350 pounds of sodium hydroxide (a corrosive liquid) was found. Some of the boxes are leaking, but they are contained. CHP says, “the real problem is the unknown.” They said it’s unclear how everything in the truck will mix since there was a leak. The accident is not currently being labelled a hazmat issue and CHP says they are most concerned about the toxic material in the truck.
CHP said it’s unclear why the accident happened. He said the driver could have fallen asleep, or it could have been a mechanical issue. Fire crews had to break the window to get the driver out. He was conscious, but complained of pain. He also suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.
No other cars were involved and there were no other injuries.