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Hazmat crews clean up pool-cleaning chemical spill on SR-76

Pool cleaning chemicals spilled into the back of a pickup when the truck was involved in a three-vehicle crash in the Bonsall area Sunday morning, prompting a hazmat cleanup, officials said.

The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. on state Route 76 at the intersection of North River Road, said North County Fire Protection District Capt. John Choi.

A Chevrolet Astro truck rear-ended a Ford F-150 truck carrying a gallon of muriatic acid and a gallon of hydrochloric acid, Choi said. The truck was between the Astro and another vehicle in front, he said.

Spilled chemicals are corrosive and can burn skin and eyes. If inhaled, they can cause inflammation in the eyes, nose and throat.

“Nobody was in danger of dying, but it’s something we have to mitigate properly,” Choi said.

The two acids did not mix during the spill, which was “the best-case scenario,” he said. The chemicals also did not contaminate waterways.

The county and San Diego Fire Rescue deployed hazmat teams. They used sodium bicarbonate ash to neutralize the acids and then collected the materials in airtight barrels, according to Choi. The waste was taken to Caltrans for proper disposal. The cleaning was done by noon.

No one was injured by the chemicals, Choi said. The traffic accident caused minor injuries to three adults. One was taken to a hospital while the other two refused medical attention, he said.

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