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Amber Alert

Friday, June 8, 2007

Trucker hurt; toxic spill snarls I-85

DURHAM - The southbound lanes of Interstate 85 were closed late Wednesday night when a freak accident caused a tractor-trailer carrying a toxic chemical to overturn near Hillandale Road.

The accident happened at 8:50 p.m. when a set of tires came off the rear axle of a northbound tow truck driven by Harry Scott Fox of Charlottesville, Va., and crossed the median, striking the driver's side window of the southbound tractor-trailer.
The southbound tractor-trailer overturned onto the shoulder of the road.
The driver of the truck, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Duke Hospital, where he was in critical condition late Wednesday. Fox was treated at the scene for a knee injury.
Police shut down I-85 South at Guess Road about 11 p.m. when the damaged tractor-trailer was discovered to be carrying more than 30 barrels of benzyl chloride.
The chemical is used in a wide variety of agricultural and manufacturing processes. Members of the Durham Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team were working to secure the barrels late into the night.



Scott ryan said...

such a sorrowful story i am really touched