Lye spill shuts down Cary shopping center

July 11, 2013 

— A tractor trailer leaked up to 300 gallons of lye, an acidic substance, at a southwest Cary shopping center on Wednesday. The incident led to the temporary closure of the Parkway Pointe shopping center, which stands at the intersection of SW Cary Parkway and Old Apex Road.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., the unidentified driver of the 18-wheeler checked his trailer and noticed that a container of sodium hydroxide solution, also known as lye, had fallen over and broken, dripping its contents out the back of the trailer, according to Susan Moran, spokeswoman for Cary.

A hazardous materials team deployed to the site of the spill, and the driver was transported to an area hospital because he was touched by the solution, Moran said. She did not yet know the name of the truck driver or his employer.

As of 4:15 p.m., half of the shopping area was reopened.

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