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A chemical spill is seen at the 1400 block of I-75 South in Chattanooga on Saturday, April 10, 2021. / Photo by HCOEM Captain Nick Wilson

Note: This story was updated on April 26 to correct the uses of dibutyl phthalate.

A box truck carrying containers of a chemical crashed on I-75, causing a spill on Saturday afternoon, according to a news release from the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management.

The Hamilton County hazmat team responded to the scene at around 1 p.m. at the 1400 block of I-75 South to find the truck had been carrying four totes of dibutyl phthalate, a substance added to materials to make them more flexible, when it hit the center guard rail and punctured a tote. Over 150 gallons of the chemical spilled onto the roadway, the release states.

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The site of a chemical spill is seen at the 1400 block of I-75 South in Chattanooga on Saturday, April 10, 2021. / Photo by HCOEM Captain Nick Wilson

The Chattanooga Fire Department managed to contain the spill with a temporary dike until hazmat officials stabilized the leaky tote.

The truck driver was injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The cause of the incident is unknown, according to the release.

- Compiled by Kim Sebring

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A dike built by the Chattanooga Fire Department to contain a chemical spill from a box truck is seen at the 1400 block of I-75 South in Chattanooga on Saturday, April 10, 2021 / Photo by HCOEM Captain Nick Wilson

 

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