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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

News Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
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.

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.

Pioneer staff reports