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No Injuries in Semi Accident

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A semi-truck, trucking accident occured Monday when the driver lost control while hauling 44,000 pounds of potassium carbonate, leaving the truck sideways on the highway.

The driver, James Harrington, was not injured and was not taken to the hospital from the scene, said Etheridge of Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Etheridge said none of the potassium carbonate was spilled in the crash, only diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid made it onto the roadway. He further said the public was never in danger from the accident.

Potassium carbonate is a white salt that is dissolved in water to form an alkaline solution that is used in the product of soap and glass.

Hazmat Services Inc cleaned up the fluid and the fuel removal took approximately two hours.

Harrington, who works for Phillis Service Corp, was traveling West on US 90, attempting to turn right on Industrial Road when the accident happened.

State Trooper Steven Lofton would not comment if drugs or alcohol were a concern or if the vehicle was traveling too fast while trying to make the turn. He did say the accident is under investigation.