KANSAS CITY, Mo. An 18 wheeler tractor-trailer carrying 45,000 pounds of hydrochloric acid flipped on the Paseo Bridge Monday morning. The semi truck accident caused a huge mess blocking traffic on the bridge on Interstate 35.
Billows of smoke caused by the acid arose from the trailer, creating a chemical cloud. Hazmat crews were called to the scene and are currently working on containing the spill and cleaning up the area.
The Isle of Capri casino which is nearby did not evacuated, but those inside were asked to take shelter.
Kansas City Fire Department spokesman Joe Vitale said that fire crews have plugged one of two holes in the tank holding the acid. Vitale said a cleanup crew will be called to finish the cleanup.
The driver of the truck was pulled from the cab and transported to an area hospital, but was alert and responsive.
Vitale said they spoke to the driver by phone as he was transported to the hospital to determine how much he was carrying and other information about his load.
Kansas City Police and the Missouri Highway Patrol were unsure of how soon the bridge would be reopened.
KCTV5 Kansas City contributed to this story.
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