Overturned acid tanker closes Highway 36

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An acid leak from a flipped container truck closed Highway 36 for a time Aug. 13, but caused no injuries.

The Hino Motors truck, with a load of hydrogen peroxide, overturned on the rain-slicked highway near kilometer 19-900 in the Baan Khlong Yai area of Pong sub-district.

Driver Sompong Chusrijan, 49, said he was hauling the acid from the Solvay Co. factory at the Maptaput Industrial Estate to Laem Chabang Port when he lost control of the truck in the rain.

This Hino Motors truck, with a load of hydrogen peroxide, overturned on the rain-slicked highway, spilling some of the hydrogen peroxide on board which mixed with rain water creating a weak acid solution.This Hino Motors truck, with a load of hydrogen peroxide, overturned on the rain-slicked highway, spilling some of the hydrogen peroxide on board which mixed with rain water creating a weak acid solution.

Authorities closed the highway and sprayed it with water for two hours to dilute the acid, even though when mixed with water hydrogen peroxide can create vapors that could cause breathing irritation.

Representatives from Solvay soon arrived with a truck to transfer and remove the remaining acid from the overturned tanker.