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Chemical Leak From Tractor Trailer Closes I-95 Near Philadelphia

The Delaware Count Daily Times reported that around 4:45 PM on Friday Interstate 95 was close in both directions because of a hazardous leak from a tractor-trailer.

The newspaper reported that a state trooper noticed the leak and pulled over the tanker in Tinicum Township. The truck was reported to be carrying acetic anhydride, a chemical that can be noxious and corrosive.

A decontamination unit had to assess the damage before travel could resume. Both lanes of I-95 reopened around 10 PM.

A representative from the Department of Environmental Protection will visit the scene because of the spill’s proximity to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge protects the last 200 acres of freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania.

If not for the swift thinking of the state trooper, this accident could not only have caused harm to humans in the surrounding area, but also wildlife in the refuge. There are procedures and protocol that truck drivers must follow when they are carrying hazardous chemicals over the road. If you or someone you know has been involved in a tractor trailer accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the attorney team at Michael J. O’Connor & Associates for a free review of your case.—–