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Fern Hill Road In Taylor Co. Closed Due To Hazmat Spill

Posted at 11:28 AM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 17:15:12-04

TAYLOR COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Emergency Crews in Taylor County are on the scene of a hazmat spill which happened around 7:30 a.m Thursday morning.

A portion of Fern Hill Rd, which is mostly residential, remains closed as crews tend to the scene at XPO Logistics. The spill involves an  “organic peroxide” which is non-explosive but can create a toxic hazard.

The chemical is used to treat water and was loaded on a truck, which drove from Nashville to transfer the chemical to another truck, before taking it to its final destination.

Crews are now looking at a clean up of roughly 50 gallons, which spilled from a tank holding 250 gallons of this chemical.

“We just want to be extra cautious with cleanup crews. We don’t want anybody to get hurt. So that’s what all the effort is on now.  Want to stress there’s no danger to the public at this time. We’ve evacuated a few, but as of now, that’s contained. If we need to expand that we will, but as of now everything is contained,” said Chief Chris Taylor of Taylor County Fire.