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Acid transfer from leaking truck complete on I-85

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Acid vapors rise above the leaking truck as it is transferred. (May 14, 2014/FOX Carolina) Acid vapors rise above the leaking truck as it is transferred. (May 14, 2014/FOX Carolina)
TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Emergency crews transferred the remaining acid from a leaking tanker on Interstate 85 on Wednesday afternoon.

A representative for Anderson County Emergency Services said the transferring of the hydrochloric acid to the non-leaking truck was completed at about 3 p.m.

At the start of the transfer, troopers delayed drivers along the interstate, keeping them moving about 5 mph for at least 15 minutes.

The leaking tanker pulled over at the northbound weigh station at mile marker nine at about 8:30 a.m. Monday when the leak was spotted by another driver. Since then emergency crews, hazardous materials and other teams have worked to contain the leak. Outside of a 300-foot safety perimeter, authorities have said there was no threat to the public.

EMS personnel were staged along the interstate during the slowdown in case any traffic incidents arise.

Drivers are still urged to use caution and follow signs in the area.

Emergency Management officials said the next step in the process is decontaminating both trucks.

Both trucks are expected to leave the weigh station on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

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