1,500 liters of acid spill from truck in southern Vietnam

By Do Truong, Thanh Nien News

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Smoke rises after a tank containing acid broke, pouring acid on a street in Binh Duong Province Friday
A tank containing hydrochloric acid burst on a truck in the southern province of Binh Duong Friday, spilling 1,500 liters of the corrosive liquid on a street, spewing thick fumes and terrifying passers-by.
The container truck driven by Nguyen Van Hiep, 39, was carrying more than 6,000 liters of the acid in four plastic tanks from Vung Tau to Binh Duong’s Tan Uyen town.
At around 7 a.m., when the vehicle was 200 meters from Maruchi Sun Steel Joint Stock Company in Di An town, the bottom of one of the tanks broke.
Hiep drove some 100 meters before pulling over in front of another company.
The spill also corroded the road surface noisily and gave off an acrid stench.
Road users warned one another to stay away from the site.
Some witnesses said while waiting for police, Hiep poured the acid left in the tank into the drainage through a valve at the bottom of the tank.
Nearby residents called the fire brigade, which dispatched two trucks to the scene.
No casualties were reported.

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