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Hazmat scene closes I-10 on ramp

Modified: Friday, May 4th, 2012

MARANA — Just after 9 a.m., on Friday, crews from the Northwest Fire Districts Hazmat team were called to the on ramp of eastbound I-10 at Avra Valley Road after a report of a “blue powder” that was on the roadway after falling from a truck.

Arizona Department of Transportation crews were at the scene to begin clean-up when two members of the ADOT crew felt burning in their throats. Hazmat was called to attempt to identify the chemical and assess and treat the ADOT crew members.

After running field chemical analysis tests on the power like substance, it was determined that the chemical was ammonia based fertilizer. Members of the Hazmat team, in protective Firefighting gear, were able to stabilize the chemical and re-open the roadway within two hours of the call.

Both members of the ADOT crew were assessed for injuries and released at the scene.

For the complete article see the 05-09-2012 issue.

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