Golden emergency crews dealt with a possibly hazardous spill on the highway this past week.
On Wednesday Sept. 25 at approximately 11:45 p.m. multiple agencies responded to a sulphuric acid spill located in a closed tractor trailer unit parked at the old highway weigh scale parking lot adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway.
The westbound tractor trailer was hauling a fully loaded trailer containing 20,000KG of industrial batteries. During transportation the load shifted in the trailer resulting in a sulphuric acid spill within the trailer.
Upon noticing the spill the driver pulled over, investigated the situation and immediately contacted the company’s internal emergency support services. The response eventually involved Golden Fire and Rescue in partnership with Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation & Instructor, CVSE and an emergency response spill team from Calgary.
All emergency plans were followed while dealing with the hazardous material. The acid was quickly naturalized and removed from the site resulting in no permanent damage to the parking lot and the surrounding environment. Emergency services announced the site safe at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 26.