State environmental officials were in Cherokee County Friday at the scene on Ga. Highway 140 where a truck overturned and spilled a large amount of powdered lime on Thursday.
The incident closed the road for much of the day on Thursday as authorities worked to removed the overturned tractor trailer and its spilled cargo of lime, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jay Baker said Friday. According to a sheriff’s office incident report, no one was injured and no charges have been filed.
According to the report:
The driver owned and operated truck, based in Oneida Tennessee, overturned on a curve near the Bartow County line when its tires went off the road just before 4 a.m. Thursday. Deputies arrived on scene less than 10 minutes later.
According to the National Lime Association, lime is often used in the cleanup of hazardous wastes. However, people must take precautions in handling the alkaline powder to avoid breathing it in or getting it in their eyes, which can cause irritation, burning and even blindness, according to the association.
Officials from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division did not respond to a request for information on their work at the scene on Friday.