Chemical spill forces freeway off-ramp closure in Carlsbad

Posted at 8:24 AM, Mar 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-30 14:34:14-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) - A chemical spill forced the closure of a freeway off-ramp in Carlsbad.

10News learned that four one-gallon jugs containing a pool-cleaning chemical -- believed to be hydrocholoric acid -- fell from a truck and spilled onto the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp to Poinsettia Lane at about 8 a.m.

Authorities summoned a hazardous materials team to clean up the spill, and the process forced the closure of the northbound I-5 off-ramp to eastbound Poinsettia Lane.

As part of the clean-up effort, hazmat team members used a special liquid to neutralize the spilled acid.

No injuries or illnesses due to the spill were reported, but while no evacuations of nearby homes or businesses were ordered, residents were advised to remain indoors as a precaution.

The off-ramp was expected to be reopened by noon.