Truck flips, some hazardous cargo spills

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (AP) -- A commercial truck overturned when the pavement broke under it, spilling some hazardous material in southern Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police said about 10 gallons of a sodium hydroxide solution spilled when the truck flipped Thursday night while making a turn in McCreary County. The accident occurred near the Tennessee border.

Sodium hydroxide is an alkali that is used in a variety of commercial applications, including paper manufacturing and in drain cleaners. It is highly caustic and is also commonly called lye or caustic soda.

Authorities reported no injuries, but a portion of U.S. 27 near Whitley City was still shut down Friday morning while the spill was cleaned up.

WYMT-TV reports McCreary County schools closed on Friday due to the spill.


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