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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Hydrofluorosilic Acid Spill Ontario

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http://m.en.canoe.com/CNEWS/Canada/2017/03/14/22710615.html one confirmed dead. 13 first responders in hospital for observation following "decontamination". Substance now being described as fluorosalicic acid .... 


One person was killed Tuesday in a massive pile-up on Hwy. 401 near Kingston that resulted in a toxic chemical spill and the evacuation of a section of the busy artery.
Snowy roads and whiteout conditions were likely factors in the crash, which was at one point upgraded to a "mass casualty response" and involved more than 30 vehicles - including about a dozen tractor trailers.
OPP Const. Sandra Barr said emergency crews were called to the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 401, near Reynolds Rd., just after 2 p.m.
The crash, which prompted the closure of the 401 in both directions, between Lansdowne and Mallorytown, occurred when two eastbound rigs collided, causing a "chain reaction," said Barr.
One of the tractor trailers ended up spilling a load of corrosive material, which led to the evacuation of that area of the highway.
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— Ontario Traffic (@TrafficOntario) March 14, 2017
Some of the other vehicles involved ended up underneath the transport trucks, according to Postmedia Network reports.
Some 28 people were rushed to hospital - one of whom later died. Details were not immediately available.
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— Ontario Traffic (@TrafficOntario) March 14, 2017
Leeds Country firefighters said the spilled substance is used to produce hydrofluoric acid, "a highly toxic, highly corrosive and poisonous solution which is harmful to skin, lungs and eyes," according to Postmedia reports.
Barr said some firefighters and police officers had to be treated after coming in contact with the substance.
"We had five firefighters that were making attempts to rescue this driver (of one of the trucks) and they came in contact with it," said Barr. "Three police officers came in contact with it and they've all gone through (a) decontamination process."
She said 17 other people had to be decontaminated as well.
Not long after the crash, the Gananoque Police Service posted on its Facebook page that it had "been upgraded to a haz-mat and mass casualty response," Postmedia reported.
Barr said Tuesday's snowy conditions may have been a factor.
"One would think so," said Barr, who described the weather conditions as poor at the time of the crash. "We've got whiteout conditions ... It's been snowing all day."
Township of Leeds and The Thousand Islands Mayor Joe Baptista said "at least 20" people had been sent to hospitals from the Lansdowne control centre, and that "there was at least one individual in critical condition and a second individual in serious condition," reported Postmedia.
Kingston General Hospital said Tuesday evening that it had set up a decontamination bay for patients related to the crash.
Hospital spokesman Meagan Quinn said 28 victims were brought in for treatment and one person died.
Quinn said the hospital had declared a "code orange," meaning non-critical patients were being re-routed to Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston.
- With files from The Canadian Press
tdavidson@postmedia.com

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