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Spring Lake Chemical Leak Sends Two To Hospital

Posted December 29, 2005 5:21 a.m. EST

— Two people were taken to a local hospital Thursday after a chemical leak that spilled onto a roadway.

Authorities said the leak began in a commercial truck carrying sodium hydroxide near the intersection of Highway 24 and Randolph Street on Fort Bragg at about 1:30 p.m. The truck was traveling north on Highway 24.

The chemical also spilled onto Highway 210 in Spring Lake while the truck was stopped.

Authorities said the leak was minor and a brown vinegar solution was being used to neutralize the chemical.

One person was treated and released from Womack Army Medical Center; the other was still in the hospital under observation.

Sodium hydroxide, commonly known as caustic soda, is used mainly for processes in textile manufacturing.