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Chemical leak in downtown San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - About 500 gallons of a liquid concrete hardener spilled from a big rig Friday and the cleanup efforts caused officials to close some area streets.

The truck driver hit the brakes to avoid another vehicle while exiting Interstate 5 at 17th Street about 9:30 a.m., which caused the vehicle's two tanks to shift and crack, San Diego Fire- Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson said.

The truck continued down B Street toward 10th Avenue where the driver was flagged down and told the tanks were leaking, Swanson said.

The tanks leaked about 500 gallons of the chemical used to set concrete. It flowed to Ninth Avenue and C Street, where crews were working to contain the spill, Swanson said.

City crews were called to bring in sand to soak up the chemical, Swanson said.

B Street was closed from 17th Street to 10th Avenue while crews worked to clean up the spill, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Motorists were also advised to avoid southbound state Route 163 at 10th Avenue, police said.

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