Truck Transporting Explosives Overturns in North Georgia; Woman Taken into Custody
DAWSON COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at ajc.com, a Dawson County highway has finally reopened after an accident that occurred earlier this week. A truck transporting mining explosives flipped over just before the start of the morning commute.*
A Buick sedan sideswiped the truck, causing it to lose control on Georgia Highway 53 located in a westerly direction from Lake Lanier, per the Georgia State Patrol. The Buick, after hitting the truck, hit into a Nissan Versa that was behind the truck and then slammed into a Dodge Charger. Law enforcement shut down the highway between War Hill Park and Dawson Forest Roads in the early morning hours to investigate the accident and clean up hazardous materials that were spilled on the roadway.
The 6,000 pound truck was transporting petroleum-based ammonium nitrate that was manufactured by the Austin Powder Company. Initial reports indicate that the substance was dynamite, but it was later identified as Hydromite Advance 120, per the Dawson County sheriff’s office. The substance in the truck is used in construction blasting, quarry work and mining. It was intended to be taken to Pickens County.
The product that was spilled is used as an alternative to dynamite and has been for the last fifteen to 20 years since it is safe to transport and use. As a result of the accident, motor vehicle fluids spilled onto the roadway from the truck, however, it was mostly contained. Although Hydromite Advance 120 is not flammable in its current form, those located in the neighborhood were urged to leave the area until the crash scene was cleaned up. The driver of the Buick, identified as a 64-year-old woman, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and the failure to maintain lane.
Two men sustained injuries in the crash. The 64-year-old driver refused treatment at the scene of the crash. There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by the local police.
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