SAN DIEGO — Several hundred gallons of liquid bleach spilled from an overturned chemical tanker trailer at a Spring Valley pool supply business Monday, creating an environmental hazard but causing no reported ill health effects on the part of anyone exposed to the toxin.
The accident in the 10600 block of Jamacha Boulevard was reported about 6:45 a.m., according to San Miguel Fire & Rescue.
The parked big-rig tank trailer containing the liquid bleach tipped over onto its side when a section of ground underneath it gave way in an equipment lot at the business, said Jason Floyd, a battalion chief with the East County emergency services agency.
Initial reports said between 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of chlorine spilled out of a valve from a vehicle.
On Tuesday, a Hasa spokesperson sent this statement to FOX 5:
“It was previously reported that 2500 gallons of chlorine spilled from a company tanker. After evaluating the spill, it was determined that 381 gallons of liquid bleach, not chlorine, had spilled, of which none of the product made its way to the reservoir according to the Sweetwater authority.”
An attorney working with Hasa said not more than 100 gallons of liquid bleach went into a nearby storm drain.
Hazardous materials crews from the county and city of San Diego were dispatched to determine how to contain the spill, and two large tow trucks were brought in to right the toppled trailer, the battalion chief said.