Delray Beach chemical spill on I-95 North blocks lanes

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Fire crews from Delray Beach and Boca Raton on Friday had to clean up a chemical leak on Interstate 95 North that caused some lane closures.

At 11:16 a.m., the chemical was leaking from the back of a semi near Linton Boulevard.

Two right lanes had to be closed, slowing traffic to about 30 mph and backing up vehicles less than a mile.  All lanes are now back open.

According to the Delray Beach Fire Department, a 55-gallon drum being hauled by a semi was leaking polystyrene, which is used in the production of plastic packaging materials. 

Crews said large quantities of the material are hazardous to the environment, but the leak posed no threat to the health of the responders or the public.

The fluid that leaked from the truck was cleaned up with the use of an absorbent material and should cause no threat to the environment, according to a news release from DBFD.

About 17 fire crew members from the agencies helped clean up the fluid.

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