Nitric acid leak at Phoenix plant

AZDPS reported that at around 2:43 p.m. MST on Tuesday, a commercial vehicle pulling a box trailer flipped over on Interstate 10 near Tucson, resulting in a spill and an “extensive closure” in both directions, which impacted Wednesday morning commutes.

Officials in Pima County informed Fox News Digital that the leaked chemical was a liquid nitric acid.

At 20:14 MST, it was reported that the driver of the utility vehicle had tragically passed away. No information about the driver was disclosed.

The accident and subsequent HAZMAT leak over a section of a roadway in Arizona on Tuesday forced the closure of traffic in both directions.

After around 30 minutes, AZDPS reversed its previous shelter-in-place order but instructed evacuees to stay in their temporary housing.

An area a half-mile around the event was ordered evacuated. The evacuation order is scheduled to be removed by 6:00 a.m. MST on Wednesday, AZDPS said late Tuesday night.

At 9:15 p.m. MST, everyone impacted by the Shelter-in-Place order within a mile radius was told it was okay to turn on their utilities again.

An Arizona blaze has prompted the Tucson Fire Hazmat Team to take action.

Nitric acid is a highly corrosive chemical that is used in the polymer industry as well as in the production of fertilizers, dyes, and explosives, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Delayed pulmonary edema, pneumonitis, bronchitis, tooth erosion, and irritation of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes may all result from prolonged contact with the substance.

An Arizona blaze has prompted the Tucson Fire Hazmat Team to take action.

The hazardous chemicals were spilled into the air of the eastern Palestine city weeks before when a train derailed in Ohio.

An evening train hauling around 50 cars, including many carrying extremely poisonous vinyl chloride, derailed in Pennsylvania on February 3 due to a broken axle, and many concerns remain unsolved.