SOUTHINGTON – A tractor trailer leaked a corrosive substance in a parking lot over the weekend, prompting a response from the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
The leak was reported Saturday, around 3:34 p.m., at the Travels Center of America, located at 1875 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. Firefighters responded on the report of an unknown corrosive material leaking from a tractor trailer parked there.
DEEP also responded.
Crews initially isolated a 150 foot area. The driver of the truck was decontaminated and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, in Waterbury, where he was treated and released.
Firefighters from Plainville, Berlin and Cheshire provided mutual aid.
A number of tractor trailers had to be towed away, as they were impeding access to the vehicle that was leaking.
DEEP officials on Monday said the leaking substance was identified as a liquid agricultural product. The leak was contained to the parking area, according to DEEP.
DEEP, along with a private contractor, worked until 11 p.m. to clean the site, which entailed pumping the remaining liquid into another tanker, towing away the leaking trailer and cleaning the spill.
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