Sulfuric acid spill shuts down Arkansas highway

A sulfuric acid spill shut down a highway for several hours near Little Rock, Arkansas early Tuesday.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said 2,600 gallons of the acid spilled when an 18-wheeler was hit by another vehicle and the tanker broke apart on Highway 67 near the town of Austin located northeast of Little Rock in Lonoke County.

One person was injured when a car smashed into the rear of the transport truck. A one-mile radius was evacuated but no homes were in the immediate vicinity of the acid spill.

Reports indicated the sulfuric acid spilled into a nearby small creek. Hazmat crews said there was no concern that it might flow into larger bodies of water.