Environmental clean-up crews loaded the last of the stuff contaminated by the chemical spill. The leak came from a 330 gallon container inside the trailer of an 18-wheeler.
Richard Pate, Hancock County Fire Marshall told WLOX that a seam had split on a container in the truck. That is what caused the leaking. The truck driver noticed a cloud coming out the back of his truck and pulled in at the weigh station.
Clean up crews had to neutralized everything the acid touched including the truck trailer, the ground, and other containers. While that was being done traffic was being re-routed around the area. "We had everything pretty well contained in a short amount of time. It's just waiting for the experts to come in and do the clean-up. That's your biggest wait," said Richard Pate. Pate says most of those experts had to come from Louisiana , Alabama or Jackson, because there's no South Mississippi crew trained to clean up and dispose of hazardous chemicals.
"I think if we had one in Mississippi in this South End around the I-10 corridor it would speed up the process," he told WLOX. But Pate and other officials know that's easier said then done.