Washington Pike closed for sodium hydroxide spill

Washington Pike closed for sodium hydroxide spill

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Workers clean up the spill. (Source: Knoxville Fire Department) Workers clean up the spill. (Source: Knoxville Fire Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A section of Washington Pike in East Knoxville closed Monday morning after a tanker truck spilled a chemical onto the roadway.

The southbound lanes of the road were closed around 10:00 a.m. after the truck lost part of its liquid load.

The truck itself did not overturn, but the sodium hydroxide was released from a valve under the truck.

Because of cool weather conditions, emergency workers said the chemical did not pose a health risk to residents.

The Knoxville Fire Department responded to the call and reopened the southbound lanes by 12:30 p.m.

No injuries resulted from the spill.

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