Hazardous material spill closes I-5 in Seattleon August 1, 2012 @ 12:51 pm (Updated: 5:32 am - 8/2/12 )
The Washington State Department of Transportation called the Seattle Fire Department around 1:30 p.m. to report a tanker-truck was leaking fluid on the right hand side of the freeway. About two gallons were spilled.
"Based on the placard that is posted on the truck, it is sodium borohydride, which I believe is used in the bleaching of wood products," explained Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department.
The tanker holds about 5,000 gallons and it appears the spill stretches about 1,500 yards.
"This is a toxic gas, you don't want to inhale it. We want to protect the public," Moore said.
WSDOT reported congestion on surface streets and ramps in Seattle as well as along alternative routes during the afternoon commute.
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