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Homes evacuated due to hydrochloric acid spill on Alberta highway

Last Updated May 22, 2018 at 6:27 am MST

Hydrochloric acid spills onto a northern Alberta highway after a semi truck rollover. Boyle RCMP

BOYLE, Alta. – A highway detour is in place and homes have been evacuated due to a crash involving a semi hauling hydrochloric acid.

RCMP say the rig was the only vehicle involved in the crash and that the driver is okay, but that some hazardous material has been released.

The crash happened on Highway 831, about three kilometres south of Boyle, Alta., and traffic is being diverted to other roads to avoid the scene.

Police say that people in several nearby homes were told to leave as a precaution.

They say hazardous material technicians are working to clear the scene.