A portion of an Arizona freeway will remain closed in both directions into Wednesday morning after a deadly rollover resulted in a hazmat spill Tuesday afternoon, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Around 2:43 p.m. MST Tuesday, AZDPS said a commercial truck tractor pulling a box trailer rolled over on Interstate 10 between Rita and Kolb roads in Tucson, causing a spill and an “extensive closure” in both directions that will affect drivers’ Wednesday morning commutes.
Pima County officials told Fox News Digital the spilled substance was nitric acid in liquid form.
An update at 8:14 p.m. MST announced the driver of the commercial vehicle was dead. The driver’s identity was not shared.
ARIZONA AUTHORITIES ISSUE EVACUATION, SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS AFTER NITRIC ACID SPILL
Approximately 30 minutes later, AZDPS lifted the shelter-in-place order issued earlier in the day but said those who were evacuated needed to remain as such.
The area evacuated included a half-mile perimeter around the incident. AZDPS did not give an estimated time as to when the evacuees could return.
Residents within a one-mile perimeter, affected by the shelter-in-place order, were told around 9:15 p.m. MST it was safe to resume the…