Overturned Trailer Spills Thousands of Gallons of Chlorine in Spring Valley

January 6, 2020

SPRING VALLEY – Several thousand gallons of chlorine spilled from an overturned chemical tanker trailer at a Spring Valley pool supply business Monday, creating an environmental hazard.

The accident happened at the 10600 block of Jamacha Blvd. and was reported about 6:45 AM, according to San Miguel Fire and Rescue.

The parked 5,000 Gallon Big-Rig tanker trailer containing the chlorine tipped over onto its side when a section of ground underneath it gave way in an equipment lot at the business.

Chlorine spilled out of a valve on the vehicle until workers at the supply yard were able to halt the leak prior to the arrival of firefighters.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons of the caustic chemical was believed to have poured onto the ground, with some of it then flowing into a nearby storm drain.

Hazardous materials crews from around the county were dispatched to determine how to contain the spill.

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