Brussels ring road sealed off in acid spill
5 April 2006, BRUSSELS — A massive clean-up operation on the Brussels ring road ended at about 11pm on Tuesday, some five hours after a collision involving two trucks.
5 April 2006
BRUSSELS — A massive clean-up operation on the Brussels ring road ended at about 11pm on Tuesday, some five hours after a collision involving two trucks.
The tail-end collision took place on the internal ring just before the Vilvoorde junction.
About 5,000lr of acid made up of phosphoric acid, sulfuric acid and sulfates was spilled across the road surface by a leaking tanker.
The DHL truck was carrying 20,000lr of acid when the accident took place at about 4pm.
No one was injured in the collision, but the acid spill forced one side of the motorway to be sealed off, leading to long traffic delays.
Residents and companies were urged to keep windows shut and to stay indoors. The acid is hazardous for the skin, eyes and breathing.
And the effects of the acid worsen when mixed with water, meaning emergency services could not simply hose the liquid off the road. A truck with chalk was called in. Once mixed with chalk, the acid is neutralised.
The remaining 15,000lr was pumped from the damaged tanker to another DHL truck and the road was given the all clear at about 11pm.
Motorists on the ring road were diverted via the A12 and the exits Grimbergen and the military hospital of Neder-over-Heembeek. Traffic jams extended to 20km.
Motorists were ordered to keep their windows shut and turn off their car air conditioning systems.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news