Truck Crash in Jefferson Park Results in Hazardous Materials Investigation

Factory worker working in the risk toxic waste

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - About 10 container drums fell from a flatbed truck in the Jefferson Park area today, spilling an unknown substance onto the street and prompting a hazardous materials response, with authorities possibly investigating if the liquid was related to drug production.

The spill occurred at about 8 a.m. in the 3000 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“Reportedly, a flatbed truck lost approximately 10 plastic 55-gallon drums, which spilled an unknown substance onto the street,'' according to an LAFD statement.

A person who was exposed to the substance was decontaminated by firefighters, and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, the LAFD reported.

Fire officials initially said a hazardous materials team determined that at least some of the barrels contained an “industrial detergent, similar to commercial hand soap,'' but “there was at least one other substance that remained to be determined.''

The Los Angeles Police Department was notified, and a law enforcement investigation began.

 The intersection of Crenshaw and Jefferson boulevards remained closed due to the investigation.

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