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Overturned truck closes northwest Las Vegas intersection

Updated March 21, 2017 - 6:07 pm

At least 35 firefighters were on scene for about six hours at a northwest valley intersection Tuesday after a large box truck carrying chemicals crashed.

The truck tipped over onto its side about 8:35 a.m., the Las Vegas Fire Department said. The truck hit a car driven by a woman. Both drivers were uninjured.

Fire Department officials tested the air inside the truck and learned of a possible leak. Crews worked for nearly six hours to secure the chemicals before turning the truck over, the department said in a statement.

Thirty-five fire department personnel with 15 trucks responded. The department’s hazardous materials response team was also requested.

All roads leading to the intersection were closed while firefighters worked. A few nearby residents and a school were in shelter in place, department spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

As of 2:40 p.m., the intersection was reopened to pedestrians and motorists. When firefighters entered the truck, they found one plastic bottle of acetone leaking.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the accident’s cause.

Review-Journal reporter Rio Lacanlale contributed to this report. Contact Lawren Linehan at llinehan@reviewjournal.com or at 702-383-0381. Follow @lawrenlinehan on Twitter.

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