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Archive for Friday, May 5, 1995

CHEMICAL LEAK FORCES CLOSURE OF SERVICE AREA

May 5, 1995

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The East Lawrence service area of the Kansas Turnpike was partially blocked off today after a truck driver discovered hazardous material leaking from his rig, authorities said.

Ted Thompson, safety coordinator for the Kansas Turnpike Authority, said the driver called shortly before 7 a.m. and reported that a 3-foot diameter puddle of furyl alcohol had leaked from his trailer.

Several emergency agencies, including the Lawrence Fire Department, were sent to the scene.

Thompson said officials closed westbound access to the service area. Eastbound access remained open while authorities contained the spill and began removing it. By 10:30 a.m., he said, westbound access was reopened.

Rich Barr, Lawrence fire marshal, said overexposure to furyl alcohol could cause burns to the eyes, skin and lungs. The chemical is used as grout resin, among other things, he said, and can cause medical problems ranging from nausea and headaches to breathing ailments.

Thompson said no injuries were reported.

He said an Olathe company had been hired to clean up the leak, which apparently was coming from one of 54 50-gallon pails in the trailer. Thompson said hazardous materials crews planned to unload the trailer to find the leaking pail.

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