NCDOT: Crews still working to reopen stretch of Highway 197 after chemical spill

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Published: Sep. 7, 2022 at 1:12 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2022 at 4:19 PM EDT
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MITCHELL COUNTY, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation says some roads are back open after crews responded to a hazmat spill on Highway 226 near Highway 197 in Bakersville.

They say all roads except a 1/2 mile stretch of Highway 197 are back open.

Emergency officials say they were called to a scene near Red Hill where a tanker hauling 4,500 gallons of hydrofluorosilicic acid spill occurred. They also say measures have been taken near the spill in order to prevent more environmental damage.

NCDOT says the full cleanup will likely extend into Thursday.

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