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Truck leaks hundreds of gallons of lye at Cary shopping center

Posted July 10, 2013

— A shopping center in Cary was evacuated for about an hour Wednesday afternoon after a truck spilled hundreds of gallons of lye in the parking lot.

Town of Cary spokeswoman Susan Moran said 200 to 300 gallons of the sodium hydroxide solution leaked from a container in the truck, which was making a delivery to the Town and Country hardware store at the Parkway Point Shopping Center.

When the truck driver opened the back door, the greenish liquid came spilling out. Workers grabbed a kiddie pool and bags of dirt and sand from the hardware store to help contain the spill. 

The driver was taken to the hospital to be checked for chemical burns after coming in contact with the caustic solution.

The trucking company sent a cleanup crew to the scene, and fire officials said the chemical poses no threat to people or the environment because it was contained to the parking lot.

Lye is a corrosive material that can cause chemical burns to skin and blindness if it comes in contact with eyes. 

About half of the shopping center remained closed at 4 p.m. Anyone planning to shop at Parkway Point on Wednesday should call their merchant first, Moran said.


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  • question_why Jul 12, 2013

    I'm glad the folks were quick thinkers and grabbed the pool/dirt. This probably prevented more injuries and they deserve a pat on the back.

  • EnoughWhiningAlready Jul 11, 2013

    "Was the truck painted the 'politically correct' color of beige?"

    Pokes and jabs at Cary over beige-this and beige-that are stale, overused, boring and stupid. And everything here is not beige and everyone that lives here is not stuck-up or elitist or from the North.

  • pja1357 Jul 10, 2013

    Yes the trucking company will be paying for this company to do the clean up. How did this turn into a political issue. Instead of focusing on if the driver is ok or concerns about anyone that was around the area at the time many of you have turned this into a political bashing. Focus on the positive!!

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Jul 10, 2013

    Was the truck painted the 'politically correct' color of beige?

  • Scubagirl Jul 10, 2013

    Yep RadioDJ and don't forget that trucks no longer have to be leak PROOF, merely resistant. Only gonna get worse.

  • pja1357 Jul 10, 2013

    Great crew has been sent out there to secure the place and clean up!! Hats off to those guys that do this work!!

  • Obamacare rules Jul 10, 2013

    Good point RadioDJ. I won't be driving around here with the windows down and sunroof open anymore. Once that bill passes, they'll be toxic waste spewing from every garbage truck from here to Asheville.

  • CrazyFoxofCary Jul 10, 2013

    True that RadioDJ.. plus the legislature would have allowed them to not disclose it was lye .. the trucking company could have just said it is "proprietary"

  • kikinc Jul 10, 2013

    It never fails. There's always those few who turn everything political.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 10, 2013

    And the bill for this cleanup goes to the trucking company, right?