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1,000 gallons of sulfuric acid spill onto roadway; Driver hurt

Polk County deputies investigate spill

BARTOW, Fla. – About 1,000 gallons of sulfuric acid spilled from a trailer in Polk County, burning a truck driver and forcing officials to close a roadway.

The spill happened about 5:50 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 60 at Rifle Range Road in Bartow.  All lanes of Highway 60 have been closed in the area.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the driver made a "hard stop," causing six pods of sulfuric acid to fall off the trailer he was pulling.

The driver suffered second-degree burns to his legs, and he was flown to Tampa General Hospital.

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