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Update from DeKalb EMA on "Hazmat Spill" Due to Overturn Tanker Truck in Rainsville

Staff Reporter (Combined Sources) |

RAINSVILLE- DeKalb County EMA updated that the hazmat spill involved a Peracetic Acid – which leaked following due to the overturned tanker truck accident Thursday morning.

Peracetic Acid creates a number of dangers, including the possibility of an explosion occurring. DeKalb County Public Safety officials quickly shut down the area and went to work making sure that everyone within an 800 to 1000 feet radius was safe. Emergency personnel began detouring traffic on Hwy. 35 from Fort Payne, Hwy. 35 from Powell, along with Hwy. 75 North, and Hwy 75 South. DeKalb County EMA and emergency personnel worked throughout the day and into the night – to steer people clear of the area. Fortunately, no one was hurt as a result of the incident.

DeKalb County EMA gave a statement on their Facebook page Friday morning, "The City of Rainsville has canceled the evacuation recommendation for the 1000 feet area surrounding the intersection of AL 75 and AL 35. and Traffic routes on AL 75 and AL 35 will return to normal patterns with the exception of the immediate area of crossing at the red light. Use caution when approaching the intersection of AL 35 and AL 75 as crews remain in the area completing remediation processes. Slow down, move over, and remain aware of personnel in the area."

The accident still remains under investigation.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, all Alabama State Troopers that were assigned to the emergency hazmat spill were relieved of that duty around 2:30 am Friday morning.

There has been a 2-Hour Delay for Cornerstone Christian Academy in Rainsville, Friday, August 19, due to the continued clean-up of the hazmat spill from the overturned tanker trunk. Doors will open at 9:30 am for all students, PreK-12th Grade. All other schools will be opening as usual.

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