By: Kevin Karel & Andrew Carter (WRGA News)
UPDATE 6:30 PM: Lt. Pyle reports Highway 53 reopened after being closed for approximately six hours as crews cleaned up a toxic leak from a tanker-truck in Calhoun.
UPDATE 4:25 PM: Cleanup of the toxic spill on Highway 53 is taking longer than expected. Lt. Pyle with Calhoun Police says crews now hope to have everything opened back up by 6 pm, but it could very easily be later than that. Rush hour in Calhoun will be difficult with the major roadway shutdown.
UPDATE 1:35 PM: Calhoun Police Lieutenant Tony Pyle says the fluid which spilled onto highway 53 is an organic acid, which is a toxic pesticide. The truck was leaking the toxin for at least a mile, from the Highway 41/Highway 53 interchange to the 53 overpass for I-75. All traffic east and westbound for highway 53 is closed.
There are no injuries involved with the incident.
9-1-1 claims the call about the leak came in at 12:14 pm Wednesday. The tanker-truck driver was alerted to the spill by nearby motorists who saw the fluid dripping onto the road.
Calhoun Police and Calhoun Fire Department personnel are working to clear the mess.
Police and emergency officials have responded to the scene of an accident this afternoon at state highway 53 at Jameson Street near I-75 in Calhoun that involves a disabled vehicle.
Calhoun Police Lieutenant Tony Pile confirmed the incident. Further comment is expected from law enforcement soon.
Georgia 5-1-1 says the wreckage will be cleared by 2:30 pm. All lanes are blocked at this time.
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