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Acid spill threatens water supplies

EMERGENCY personnel were working yesterday to prevent a spill of 15 tons of hydrochloric acid from poisoning a drinking water supply in Zhejiang Province.

The acid came after a tractor-trailer overturned on a road linking Baishi and Lecheng townships in Wenzhou City. The vehicle's occupants fled.

The acid turned roadside shrubbery black and was spreading toward a river used for drinking water in a nearby town, the news Website reported.

Authorities are trying to neutralize the acid with alkali. Environmental protection and work safety inspection authorities sent investigators to assess the spill effect.

Though the acid had not reached the river late yesterday, villagers were advised not to drink water from underground springs overnight.

The road was blocked until emergency workers were able to dilute the acid with water.

There were no injuries, but three people reported to be in the tractor-trailer are wanted for police questioning.


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