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    Tanker truck carrying hydrochloric acid turned over in White Co.

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    WHITE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - Hazmat crews in White County have cleaned up a spill from an overturned tanker.  

    Deputies say that just after 9:30 Tuesday night a tanker truck carrying 3,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid turned over at the intersection of Shilo and Peanut Ridge roads.

    Officials tell Today's THV that the spill has been cleaned up, and the intersection has been reopened. 

    Corporal Steve Hernandez with the White County Sherrif's Department told Today's THV that only 100 gallons spilled.

    A nearby home was evacuated as a precautionary measure. The driver of the tanker was not injured. The accident is still under investigation.

    According to the EPA, "hydrochloric acid is used in the production of chlorides, fertilizers, and dyes, in electroplating, and in the photographic, textile, and rubber industries."

    The Environmental Protection Agency says "Hydrochloric acid is corrosive to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes.  Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure may cause eye, nose, and respiratory tract irritation and inflammation and pulmonary edema in humans.  EPA has not classified hydrochloric acid for carcinogenicity."

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