Sulfuric acid spills onto Florida Highway image

A truck driver was burned when a semitrailer carrying sulfuric acid dumped part of its load, closing State Road 60.

According to Polk County spokesman Brad Ruhman, for some reason the truck driver performed a hard stop just before 6 a.m., causing the truck to overturn , spilling several containers of acid onto State Road 60 near Rifle Range Road.

Polk County Fire Rescue spokesman Brad Ruhmann identified the victim as the truck driver, who suffered second degree burns to 10 percent of his body.
The burns were on his lower extremities, Ruhmann said. The man, whose name and age were not released, was flown to Tampa General Hospital.

Deputies closed a nearly three-mile stretch of S.R. 60 running from 80 Foot and Alturas roads as a company hired by the county, SWS Environmental Services, cleaned the intersection. The highway reopened Tuesday evening.

The truck was hauling six pods, each with a capacity to hold 250 gallons of the chemical. Only about 1,000 gallons spilled.

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