HWY 26 reopened as Hazmat responds to truck

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HWY 26 reopened as Hazmat responds to truck

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Posted on June 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 30 at 12:39 PM

BEAVERTON – Highway 26 reopened in both directions near the Highway 217 interchange as Hazmat crews responded to a big-rig leaking sulfuric acid, police said.

All eastbound lanes were reopened just before 4 p.m. and some lanes were opened to westbound traffic as a 50-foot hot zone was established around the truck. Hazmat officials said the only risk to the public is if they come in physical contact with the acid.

Eastbound Highway 26 traffic was diverted to Highway 217 southbound earlier in the afternoon. Westbound lanes were diverted at the Skyline /Scholls Ferry exit, said Det. Sgt. James Shumway with the Beaverton Police Department.

The leaking truck was reported just after 2 p.m. Saturday and Hazmat crews were working to determine the severity of the leak, according to Pete Scott with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

MAX red and blue lines were disrupted earlier because of the leak, according to a tweet from TriMet.

 

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