215 freeway closure chemical leak | The problem may take days to resolve

215 freeway closure chemical leak | The problem may take days to resolve

215 freeway closure chemical leak A chemical spill forced the evacuation of more than 100 homes in Perris on Friday morning and forced the closure of the 215 Freeway in both directions. The problem could last for several more days, officials said.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, the hazmat incident began at about 19:40 on Thursday following reports of a chemical leak from a wagon near Harvill and Oleander streets.

Authorities determined that the chemical was styrene, which overheats and in this case can become volatile. Officials said the chemical was supposed to be stored at 85 degrees, but it was last measured at over 300 degrees.

At a news conference Friday morning, Chief John Crater of CAL Fire Riverside County said he was talking to experts around the country about the possible effects of the spill.

215 freeway closure chemical leak

“What they are telling me is that this can resolve itself in two days. They said that it could get worse before it gets better, and also because of the increase in heat in the car.. there may be a release, that is, some kind of violent explosion,” he said.

215 freeway closure chemical leak
215 freeway closure chemical leak

October Dec. In addition to the closure of the 215 Beltway between Van Buren Boulevard and the Ramona Expressway, about 170 homes in the surrounding area were evacuated.

An evacuation order was in effect north of Markham Street, east of Donna Lane, south of Nandina Street and west of Patterson Street.

It is unclear what caused the leak.

“We heard a train car start spewing white smoke and you could hear the pressure from about a mile away,” evacuated resident Michael Norton said.

1990 P.An evacuation center has been set up at Pinacate Middle School on Avenue A.

Metrolink service has also been affected by the chemical spill and trains will not be able to run through the area.

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