Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: U.S. Highway 95 closed after semi truck carrying Zinc Chloride spilled.

Breaking News!!: Needles, CA: U.S. Highway 95 closed after semi truck carrying Zinc Chloride spilled.

According to Caltrans, a semi truck carrying Zinc Chloride spilled along U.S. Highway 95 near Five Mile Road in Needles, California.

The accident reportedly happened at after 11:00am PT on Monday, May 29th, 2017 with the semi truck on its side and the driver getting out.

According to Caltrans, the semi truck was carrying Zinc Chloride, a white crystalline solid. It is soluble in water. It is corrosive to metals and therefore irritating to the skin, eyes and mucous membranes.

Zinc Chloride is used for preserving wood, in soldering fluxes, as a catalyst in chemical metals and manufacturing, and for many other uses.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a near by R.V. Park was excavated because of the hazardous situation.

San Bernardino County Fire Department reportedly responded to the accident and a command center was set up.

U.S. Highway 95 is closed in both directions from Interstate 40 to Five Mile Road as well as parts of Five Mile Road was closed due to the accident and first responders.

Motorists were being turned around along U.S. Highway 95 just south of Five Mile Road well motorists were being turned around along U.S. Highway 95 at Interstate 40.

According to the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Highway 95 will be closed for an estimated 12 hours. 

No further information from the San Bernardino County Fire Department regarding this hazardous situation.

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