Nearly 800 gallons of sodium hydroxide spilled from an overturned semi Thursday morning near Thomasville, Georgia, closing a major intersection for nearly half a day.
The incident drew major attention from the Thomas County Emergency Management Agency because of the intersection’s proximity to two local schools.
“The spill has been contained with assistance from Thomas County Public Works,” the TCEMA Facebook page states.
Sodium hydroxide, also known as lye and caustic soda, may cause severe chemical burns. It is used by many industries in the production of paper, textiles and soap.