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Three vehicle wreck carrying hazardous chemicals closes part of HHI road

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Traffic is now flowing normally Wednesday evening at the intersection of Arrow Road and William Hilton Parkway.  

That was hardly the case Wednesday morning after a three vehicle wreck backed up traffic for about two hours on Hilton Head Island.

Firefighters and Hazmat crews shut down part of the road because one of those vehicles contained hazardous materials.

Fortunately, no one was injured, but fire rescue units said it was out of precaution that they closed off the road to safely remove the chemicals.

Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, three cars rear-ended each other along a section of William Hilton Parkway.

"In the third vehicle, they had some chemicals in the back of the truck that we were concerned if they mixed could create a hazardous materials situation," said Joheida Fister, PIO for Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue.  

First responders found powered chlorine, muriatic acid, gasoline and some chlorine poolsticks. Just to be safe, they called in a Hazmat crew.

Both the east and westbound lanes along William Hilton Parkway were closed.
Traffic was rerouted from Arrow Road to the Sea Pines Circle.  

The accident happened near Fat Baby's Pizza & Subs, where employee Mark Jackson works as a server.

"We were just getting set up in the morning. I just kind of came out and saw three cars, it was actually a truck, a contractor van and just a little pick-up truck, just looked like a little fender bender," he said.  

From what we've been told, the damage to all three vehicles appears to be minor. We just learned the chemicals were returned to the owner of the vehicle so everything is under control now.

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