• Tractor-trailer crash spills 3,700 gallons of liquid nitrogen in Union County


    UNION COUNTY, N.C. - A major Union County highway was shut down for hours Monday after a truck hauling liquid nitrogen crashed, spilling nearly 4,000 gallons.

    The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. on Highway 218, just outside of Monroe.

    State troopers said the driver, a farmer, took the turn too fast, causing the tractor-trailer to overturn and spill three large barrels of liquid nitrogen. The chemical is used as a fertilizer.

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    The fire marshal responded to the scene near Highway 205 while crews worked to contain and clean up the spill.

    Officials said the farmer was not hurt and was cited on suspicion of driving too fast through the intersection.

    The tractor-trailer was towed away just before noon but officials were worried about the liquid nitrogen contaminating the grass around the crash scene.

    Channel 9 Skyzoom flew over the crash and could see the truck on its side and liquid nitrogen spilled from the tanks it was carrying.

    “The driver took the turn a little too fast, the load shifted and the tractor-trailer ran over right here into the intersection," said Trooper Dana Bowen. "The driver has been cited for exceeding a safe speed for the turn."

    Emergency Management officials want to examine whether the spill could impact area stormwater drains.

    Authorities told Channel 9 the driver will be responsible for paying for the clean-up.

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