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UPDATE: 18-wheeler spills sulfuric acid on roadways

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It was a long Saturday afternoon for crews in Savannah, Port Wentworth and Garden City. Officials said an 18- wheeler spilled sulfuric acid along parts of Ga. Highway 21 after the driver had picked up the chemical from President's Street and was heading to Port Wentworth to deliver it.

"It was leaking out of the top we believe and started with a spill on President's Street and Delaney," said Amy Headrick, Garden City Firefighter PIO.

It continued to spill along Bay Street, three different areas in Garden City and finally ended up at Grange Road in Port Wentworth.

"They have overflow valves; we are not sure if it was coming out of the overflow valves or if it was something else," said Headrick.  

It's still unclear why it happened but crews knew exactly how to take precaution, Garden City officials closed the right lane of Ga. Highway 21 in three different areas. 

"We use oil dry to contain it, but they have to have special containers to clean up the oil dry and put it in because it can't just go in just any garbage or anything like that," said Headrick.  

Crews evacuated CT Transportation and the parking lot where the truck ended up but no one in the Garden City area had to be evacuated.

Officials told WTOC that the roads are clear. If you think your car could be contaminated, CEMA recommends covering it with baking soda and rinse with water.  

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