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Chemical Spill at Cajon Pass Scales Prompts Hazardous Material Response

CAJON PASS, Calif. ( San Bernardino County Firefighters responded to a hazardous materials incident at the cajon pass scales Tuesday afternoon.

The leak was first noticed at about 4:00 p.m. when a semi truck entered the scales on the northbound I-15 freeway located just south of Highway 138.

The California Highway Patrol requested County Fire to respond to the incident.

Firefighters responded and ultimately located a 55-gallon drum in the back of the trailer leaking an unknown substance, stated San Bernardino County Fire Public Information Officer Eric Sherwin.

The First Alarm Hazmat response included an engine, chief officer, ambulance, hazmat rig. The response was reinforced by hazmat 73 from Fontana, medic engine 2 from Devore, County hazmat personnel, and station 22 hazmat from Spring Valley Lake.

According to CHP logs, the spilled substance was described as “hypo chloride” However, Eric Sherwin said the leaked material had not been “definitely identified”.

The leak was stopped at about 6:30 p.m. “The contents of the drum have been placed in a proper container so there is no further threat of the leak,” stated Sherwin.

No injuries or complaint of ill effects were reported as a result of the leak.

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