Trucks collide, spill acid on 95

Posted at 8:16 AM, May 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-17 19:27:20-04

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WTVR) – State Police expect Interstate 95 to reopen by 11 a.m. Friday morning. The southbound lanes of the interstate were shut down after 5 a.m. when two tractor-trailers collided in Stafford County, according to Va. State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Geller said one tractor-trailer rear ended another near where Route 17 merges into Interstate 95. One of the trucks was carrying "barrels of an organic, corrosive, liquid material" known as phosphoric acid, Geller said. The crash caused several barrels of acid to fall off the tractor-trailer and land on the interstate.

Stafford County and Fredericksburg HazMat crews worked to contain and clear the leak, Geller said.

The driver of the truck that rear ended the truck carrying acid, 35-year-old James Harris., Jr., of Chester, was charged with following too closely. The driver of the truck carrying the acid is from Hopewell.