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Containers fell from the truck, sulfuric acid spilled onto the road and into the ditch

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32 firefighters took part in the operation of removing four thousand liters of sulfuric acid, which spilled from containers carried by a 60-year-old truck driver at the “Końskowola” junction in Sielce (Lubelskie Voivodeship). The man was fined for not securing the cargo properly. However, it can have more serious consequences.

The services received a report on Thursday (July 27) after 4.30 p.m. At the entrance to the S12 expressway (at the “Końskowola” junction) in Sielce, five containers fell from a truck carrying sulfuric acid.

– There were about a thousand liters of acid in each of the containers. Four out of five containers leaked. Part of the substance spilled onto the roadway, the rest into the roadside ditch where there was water – says junior captain Tomasz Stachyra from the Provincial Headquarters of the State Fire Service in Lublin.

Some of the substance spilled into the ditchKPP Puławy

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They used lime to neutralize the acid

32 firefighters were sent to action, including those from the ecological and chemical group.

– Part of the substance was pumped to replacement tanks. The rest was neutralized by firefighters using lime. They also closed the culvert in the ditch, thanks to which the substance did not get further with the water. Sand and lime were also poured into the ditch – says the fireman.

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He adds that representatives of the Provincial Inspectorate for Environmental Protection appeared on the spot, who are still monitoring the situation. – Although the rescue operation lasted about three and a half hours, there are still firefighters on the spot who are securing the scene – emphasizes the junior captain. Stachyr.

The driver got a ticket

There are also police on site. Although the traffic on the S12 road takes place without any difficulties, drivers still cannot use the “Końskowola” entrance.

Containers fell out of a truck that was passing through the “Końskowola” junctionKPP Puławy

– A 60-year-old man from the Lublin district was driving the truck. He was sober. Nothing happened to him. He was fined for improperly securing the cargo, says Commissioner Ewa Rejn-Kozak from the Poviat Police Headquarters in Puławy.

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Activities towards “bringing a generally dangerous event”

Uniforms are also conducting activities in connection with the spill of poisonous substance.

– The activities are carried out in the direction of Article 163 paragraph 1 point 3 of the Penal Code (it is about “bringing a generally dangerous event”, which is punishable by imprisonment from one to 10 years – editorial note) – the policewoman points out.

Main photo source: KPP Puławy

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