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Northbound I-5 reopened in North County after chemical spill

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CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - A spill of pool chemicals on Interstate 5 in San Juan Capistrano forced a miles-long closure that tangled traffic well into the northern reaches of San Diego County Tuesday.

The non-injury accident near San Juan Creek Road was reported shortly before 11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities shut down the northbound side of the freeway between Camino Capistrano and Basilone Road in the Camp Pendleton area to allow crews to neutralize and mop up the spilled muriatic acid, which had spewed out of bottles that fell off a truck, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Marc Stone.

The closure caused "a heck of a backup" for miles to the south, Stone said.

A congestion alert for the stretch was in effect until shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to the CHP.

 

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