Evacuation order lifted after Hendersonville sulfuric acid spill

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HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A tanker truck overturned in Hendersonville, causing corrosive sulfuric acid and diesel fuel to leak into the roadway Tuesday night.

An estimated 600 gallons of acid spilled from the tanker, which was carrying 3,100 gallons at the time of the spill.

Nearby business were evacuated as a precaution after the spill on Rockland Road near Freehill Road, closing the area to drivers.

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Mayor Jamie Clary told News 2 the evacuation was expanded after 10 p.m. to include the Speedway gas station and Inn Town Suites. Around 350 people were affected.

Nearby businesses may not be able to open Wednesday morning due to the ongoing cleanup and proximity to the spill. There are no residential homes in the affected area.

The mayor also explained the tanker was turning into a water treatment plant when it overturned. The water is safe and the driver was not injured.

While the leak has been contained, authorities worked to clear the hazardous material so an investigation into the incident can begin.

Thirty-four people were housed in a American Red Cross shelter overnight. The tanker was towed away and an all-clear was issued around 4:30 a.m. All repairs have been made.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, sulfuric acid, also known as battery acid, “reacts violently with water with evolution of heat” and is “corrosive to metals.”