A shift in the cargo of a flatbed truck spilled an estimated 1,000 gallons of sulfuric acid and resulted with the driver, Eric Scott Garland, 47, 550 Cypress Street, Wauchula, being airlifted to Tampa General Hospital with sulfuric acid burns.
According to an officer with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 5:45 a.m., Garland made a hard stop at the junction of State Road 60 and Rifle Range Road. The abrupt halt caused the cargo containing six pods of sulfuric acid as well as bags of salt pellets to shift and spill upon S.R. 60. At least four of the pods broke open. Each pod holds 250 gallons, according to Brad Ruhmann, public information officer with the Polk County Fire Rescue Department. Ruhmann estimated 1,000 gallons had spilled.
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