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Drivers face charges after crash causes chemical spill in Atlanta

POSTED: April 18, 2017 5:05 p.m.

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say drivers of a tractor-trailer and SUV are facing charges involving a crash that caused a chemical spill on a downtown connector in Atlanta.

Local news media reports the tractor trailer spilled a hazardous chemical called Benzoyl Chloride. The spill shutdown all lanes for hours on the north side of the interstate Monday morning.

The lanes were reopened.

Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Capt. Mark Wesley says trucker Matthew Bowden should have been driving on Interstate 285 instead of through the city.

Sol Mitchell Epstein drove the SUV. He is charged with improperly stopping in the roadway, having an expired license, having a suspended license

and improperly changing lanes.

Bowden received a citation on a charge of operating a truck on a prohibited roadway.



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