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Friday evening wreck, hazardous spill closes Hwy. 53 for 4 hours
Etowah River never in danger, authorities say
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A wreck, that resulted in a hazardous spill on Hwy. 53 East, near the Etowah River, closed the road for four hours in both directions last Friday evening.

Chief Tim Satterfield with Dawson County Emergency Services said that a container slid off the back of a trailer around 4 p.m. July 14. Another vehicle hit the 250-gallon plastic container, which was filled with arsenic-based pesticide.

No one was injured, but the collision caused a small leak in the container. Satterfield said 20-30 gallons of the insecticide leaked onto the roadway.

The spill was located a few hundred yards east of the bridge at the bottom of Gober Hill, near the Etowah River. Satterfield said there was never any danger of the insecticide getting into the water.

According to Satterfield, Dawson County and Forsyth County emergency services responded to the incident, and Dawson County's roads department supplied the dirt used to clean up the spill.

The road was closed in both directions for approximately four hours, Satterfield said.