I-44 reopens after hazardous chemical spill near St. Clair - KMOV.com

I-44 reopens after hazardous chemical spill near St. Clair

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(KMOV) -- Interstate 44 has reopened after a chemical spill near St. Clair, Missouri shut down a portion of the highway on Friday.

At least eight fire department hazardous material units were called to the scene around 4 p.m. Friday to assist in cleaning up the mess.  According to officials, a large quantity of hydrofluoric acid and ammonia started leaking from a semi truck trailer. 

It started with the truck driver stopping at the rest area and being overcome by the fumes. His 911 call triggered a massive response from fire departments across Franklin and Jefferson counties.

Officials say the truck was legally hauling the ammonia and hydrofluoric acid. The chemicals were stored in containers and were being taken to an unknown company for disposal.

The driver of the truck suffered minor chemical inhalation injuries. He seemed to be fine once he got to the hospitals, officials say.  

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