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Fatal truck wreck in NC spills 2,200 batteries
February 28, 2011 07:51 EST
LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A tractor-trailer carrying 2,200 batteries overturned on U.S. 221 near Linville, killing the driver and spilling battery acid near the Catawba River.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the two-lane highway was closed north of Marion on Sunday as hazardous materials specialists worked on the spill. The name of the driver has not been released.
Lawnmower and motorcycle batteries littered the highway and shoulder of the road. Emergency management officials were concerned because acid from the batteries can cause burns. The acid also could have contaminated the river.
A truckload of lime was being used to neutralize the acid.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com
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