Barnwell Co. road closed after chemical spill

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Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

BARNWELL COUNTY, S.C. -- A chemical spill in Barnwell County is now said to be contained.

The spill happened near the intersection of U.S. 278 and S.C. 37. A truck with a damaged seal made a turn, spilling 10 gallons of aniline Friday afternoon.

Aniline is damaging to lungs and skin. One elderly woman has been evacuated near the spill as a precautionary measure.

Hazmat teams responded to the scene.

Since the spill, U.S. 278 has reopened, but S.C. 37 will stay closed for another hour and a half while crews clean up the rest.

Roger Riley, director of Barnwell County Emergency Management, says this could have been a major disaster.

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