Martinez Crash, Acid Spill Results In Injury, Shelter-In-Place Order

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — A crash in unincorporated Martinez Wednesday morning involving two cars resulted in two minor injuries, a hydrochloric acid and chlorine spill, a shelter-in-place order and a road closure, according to Contra Costa County firefighters.

The injury and the spill of what appears to be pool chemicals were the result of a collision between a small pickup truck and a brown sedan in the area of Pacheco Boulevard and Veale Avenue at 8:22 a.m., Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. George Laing said.

A county hazardous materials team has responded to the 3.5-gallon spill and is setting up a decontamination area, according to the county firefighters’ union Twitter account. Help from additional emergency response units was also requested.

One of the two injured people was transported to a hospital. Fire officials issued a shelter-in-place order for roughly 20 homes in the area and the nearby Shell refinery, Laing said.

Pacheco Boulevard is closed in both directions in the area Wednesday morning. Emergency crews from Contra Costa County Fire, county hazardous materials, the California Highway Patrol and Martinez police responded to the incident.

By 11 a.m., hazmat teams had neutralized the chemicals, according to a Twitter post by Contra Costa Fire.

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