Massive semi-truck crashes can run the gamut from the comical -- liquor everywhere! and milk! -- to the bizarre -- like that Chinese truck that spewed live fish all over the highway -- to the profitable, when a bank truck overturns and spews millions of coins. It's hard to think of too many products worse to spill on a busy highway, though, than sulfuric acid. Would the highway melt?
Residents in a central Florida town got to find out firsthand this morning, when a flatbed overturned and gushed more than 1,000 gallons of the extremely corrosive liquid across the highway.
It's not really clear why the truck was carrying so much sulfuric acid or how it managed to crash this morning.
But police in Polk County, which is southeast of Tampa, say the flatbed overturned on a busy stretch of State Road 60 outside the town of Bartow and spilled its cargo all over the road, reports Bay News 9.
The truck's driver got second-degree burns from the acid, which also forced the evacuation of a nearby horse ranch and shut down a campground.
As if the acid wasn't bad enough, the truck was also carrying salt pellets -- when combined with the acid, they react to form clouds of poisonous hydrogen chloride gas, the station reports.
Amazingly, no one seems to have seriously been poisoned by the fumes.
So what about the highway? Did it melt like that Nazi in Indian Jones?
Gizmodo checked into the effects of a mass sulferic acid spill, and sadly found that the highway will not morph into a prehistoric tar pit. Instead, the acid will slowly corrode the road and poison nearby soil.
Still, Riptide would like to ask other drivers of trucks carrying mass loads of acid to please do your best to remain upright. Thank you.
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