Toxic spill shuts down part of N2

2010-01-08 10:13

A 4km stretch of the N2 freeway between Mthatha and Dutwya will be

closed for two days following a toxic spill, Eastern Cape police said today.

Supt Mzukisi Fatyela said a truck and trailer transporting

sulphuric acid started leaking yesterday morning.

“The toxic chemical spilled over the road. It is very dangerous. It

affects your eyes and your skin,” said Fatyela.

Sulphuric acid is used, among other things, in car batteries.

Contact with the toxin can cause serious burns and tissue damage.

Fatyela said the wheels of three trucks that used the road after

the spill were damaged.

The road would be closed until Saturday for clean-up operations to

take place.

Fatyela urged people living in the area to stay away from the spill

and to also keep their animals away from the scene. Motorists are advised to use

alternative routes.

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