CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – 150 gallons of a chlorine solution spilled onto the Courtney Campbell Causeway Thursday, closing the eastbound lanes of the bridge and creating a traffic fiasco during the morning commute.
A driver in the eastbound lanes called 911 around 7:15 to report the truck in front of him was leaking liquid and he could smell chlorine. The Triangle Pool Service truck pulled over on the right shoulder of the road, just west of the Pinellas-Hillsborough County line.
Clearwater Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene. The eastbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway were closed.
The truck was later moved to the inside lane of the causeway to increase the distance from the water and to make it easier to drain the remaining chlorine from tanks on the truck.
It is estimated that about 150 gallons of the 450 gallons in one of the tanks spilled onto the ground. The other 300 gallons were contained in various barrels and buckets and transferred to another pool supply truck.
State agencies were notified that an estimated 10 to 15 gallons of the chlorine mixture made it into the nearby waters of Old Tampa Bay. A CFR spokesperson said the liquid was a 10 to 15 percent chlorine solution commonly used in pools.
Eastbound lanes of the causeway were reopened a little more than two hours after the incident was reported.
Firefighters from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Largo, Seminole, Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg also responded.