Chemical spill closes section of Highway 64 for nine hours
A 4-mile stretch of state Highway 64 south of Akeley was blocked off early Wednesday morning after a driver carrying hydrochloric acid came over a hill and struck some cows in the road, spilling its load. The highway reopened at 11 a.m.
A hazardous materials team was called in from the Moorhead Fire Department to help with the cleanup efforts. The unidentified truck driver was taken to an area hospital as a precautionary measure.
Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer said although some residents were evacuated as a precautionary measure, no serious fumes escaped into the dense foggy air.
Emergency personnel, state crews and law enforcement personnel were called in to set up a blockade around the area, directing traffic away from the spill.
Akeley Police Chief Eric Klein said he was paged to the area shortly after 2 a.m. Fire crews from Park Rapids and Nevis were also called out.