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Fluid spill shuts down Midland Industrial

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Road blocked until late afternoon Monday for cleanup

By Lisa King

A fluid spill at the intersection of Freedom’s Way and Midland Industrial Dr. on Monday morning shut down Midland Industrial and Haven Hill Road until late afternoon while crews cleaned the mess up, officials said.

Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said a truck carrying a 55-gallon drum of hydraulic fluid to a plant in the industrial park lost the drum just after turning onto Midland Industrial from the bypass at about 11:30 a.m.

The drum burst, spilling the fluid onto the roadway, Whitman said, adding that Haven Hill also had to be shut down because some motorists ran through the fluid and tracked it onto that roadway before he could get down to the scene and block the road off.

The area was closed until crews from an environmental cleanup company, GRA-KAT, could remove the fluid.

Traffic is expected to be interupted until about 3 p.m.