DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police reported an 18-wheeler loaded with nearly 4,000 gallons of sulfuric acid overturned in Donaldsonville Sunday morning. The crash closed a stretch of LA 70 and LA 3127.
Troopers said Phillip Vallare, 37, of Laplace ran a stop sign at the intersection of the two state highways. He then apparently swerved left, which caused the tanker to spin and hit a utility pole. The truck ended up on its side in a ditch and the acid started to leak from the tank.
Hazardous materials units from state police and the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office responded to help with the cleanup. The first thing they did was start the process of off-loading the acid into another tank. A stretch of LA 70 and LA 3127 will remain closed until the crash scene is completely cleaned up. Officials hope to reopen the roads by Monday morning.
Vallere suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was taken to a hospital and later released. He was charged with careless operation and failure to obey a stop sign.
No other injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered.