U.S. 1 North closed in Youngsville due to chemical leak
Posted September 3, 2015 2:16 p.m. EDT
Updated September 3, 2015 8:14 p.m. EDT
Youngsville, N.C. — Law enforcement officers were directing traffic away from the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 1 at N.C. Highway 96 in Youngsville Thursday afternoon while hazardous materials crews worked to clear what appeared to be a chemical spill from a tractor-trailer.
According to Franklin County police, a box truck spilled a corrosive chemical known at ferric chloride when it turned onto N.C. Highway 96.
Businesses in a nearby shopping center, which includes a fitness center, a McDonald's and a Food Lion, were asked to evacuate, a dentist with an office there said.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation posted a traffic alert warning drivers that lanes would be reduced through the intersection until Friday morning.