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Truck carrying 10,000 pounds of hazardous materials overturns on Georgia highway


A truck carrying 10,000 pounds of hazardous materials crashed Tuesday morning, shutting down a busy Georgia highway.

The truck was involved in a four-vehicle accident around 5:30 a.m. on Highway 53 East, according to Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services.

Early reports said the truck was carrying dynamite, but officials clarified that the material was ammonium nitrate and fuel oil emulsion, “commonly used in site clearing and construction.”

A “small amount of product” leaked when the truck overturned and a haz-mat contractor was called in to clean up the spill.

Two people reportedly suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The affected roadway is expected to be shut down for several hours while a clean-up crew attends to the area.