EMA: Thomas Co. highway clear after hazardous spill

EMA: Thomas Co. highway clear after hazardous spill
A truck turnover spilled hazardous material in Thomasville on Highway 19. (Source: WALB)

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WALB) - A hazardous material spill closed a Thomas County highway, according to the Thomas County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

As of Friday morning, EMA officials said the highway was clear.

The intersection of Highway 19 and the bypass is clear this morning of the accident and hazardous materials.

Posted by Thomas County Emergency Management Agency on Friday, January 17, 2020

A vehicle with the hazardous material overturned on the Highway 19 and North Bypass intersection. The hazardous liquid was sodium hydroxide, according to officials.

EMA officials said the highway was closed for around 12 hours.

County officials estimated 800 gallons of the hazardous material leaked down the highway. The truck was carrying over 3,000 gallons of the material.

UPDATE on Hazardous situation: The intersection at HWY 19 and bypass will be closed for approximately 12 hours due to...

Posted by Thomas County Emergency Management Agency on Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thomas County Schools was notified because of afternoon traffic and bus routes.

Thomas County Fire Chief Chris Jones said the public was not in danger.

Thomas County Fire Chief Chris Jones
Thomas County Fire Chief Chris Jones (Source: WALB)

Jones said the training they received was crucial to quickly get the situation under control.

“Every firefighter receives an initial fire hazardous training. And that’s what worked today. The first firefighters got out their book and referenced their book for these type of incidents with and knew exactly how far the evacuation needed to be and the personnel. The fire engine company on scene did a great job of trying to set the stage for what needs to happen next,” said Jones.

As far as environmental concerns, they’ll continue to take soil samples to ensure no harsh chemicals are in the ground. They don’t believe it will get into any nearby water systems.

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