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The Moorhead Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Chemical Assessment Team leaves the scene of a truck accident Wednesday morning after being called in to assist in the cleanup after a truck hauling hydrochloric acid struck a herd of cows on state Highway 64 early Wednesday morning. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

Chemical spill closes section of Highway 64 for nine hours

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Chemical spill closes section of Highway 64 for nine hours
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

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.

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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.

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