The overturning of a truck with hazardous products cut several AP-2 hours in Fraga
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The overturning of a truck load of dangerous goods, carrying zinc bromide, Tuesday forced to cut in both directions (Madrid and Barcelona) a stretch of about 50 kilometers east of the highway (AP-2) between the Bujaraloz locations and Fraga.
The cut came at 19.30 and traffic has been restored, according to the Directorate General of Traffic. A specialized company has been commissioned to safely remove the toxic substance, whose trade name is Rubenamid, which was poured out on the median.
In total, the vehicle carrying 22,000 kilos of this product in powder form, highly polluting for the environment, which ran the risk of spread in case of rain or wind and even form dust clouds capable of exploding, as explained this Tuesday local sources firehouse Bajo Cinca, which, along with other emergency services had to be placed in a security zone about 300 kilometers from the accident site to avoid any risk.
As a result of the accident, the truck lost several bags of zinc bromide and the impact of the dust over the median. Fortunately, the driver of the vehicle, driving in the direction of Barcelona, suffered only mild injuries.
The event, which notice was given about 1730, took place at kilometer 96 of the AP-2, in the municipality of Fraga, and forced to activate the level 1 emergency protocol, according to sources Government Aragon.
After assessing the situation and based on the technical specifications of the product, the emergency services took the decision to cut traffic on the highway 1930, she explained the fire chief of the Bajo Cinca, Carlos Badia. The objective was to avoid any risk to the danger of the product, especially "to coincide with episodes of wind and rain possibility," said the professional.
The cut of the AP-2, which connects Madrid and Barcelona, occurred in both directions of travel, direction Zaragoza, at the height of Fraga; and towards Lleida, at the height of Bujaraloz, between mile markers 115 and 67.1. Traffic was diverted by the N-II.
To remove the substance properly, it had to wait for the intervention of a specialized company that moved to a technician from Martorell (Barcelona). At the same time, it needed to request the transfer of some individual protective suits, they should get from Igualada, which explains the prolonged intervention, detailed according to those responsible for the firehouse Under Cinca.
At press time, the arrival of them are still waiting while installing other resources are coordinated, including cranes from Fraga. A priori, the whole operation was expected to be prolonged until the wee hours of Wednesday.
To place the Civil Guard and several units of firehouse Bajo Cinca, which were responsible for coordinating the operation moved. It was also endorsed the decision to cut the AP-2 security. Specifically, they came with two vehicles and five effective.