A leaking tractor trailer loaded with 8,500 gallons of hazardous material closed down Route 202 for much of the day Wednesday as hazmat crews worked to contain a leak of the volatile material.
West Chester firefighters and the Chester County hazardous materials unit was dispatched shortly before 11 a.m. for the truck which had stopped in the parking lane in front of the Westtown Condominiums in the northbound direction near Skiles Road.
An overflow valve began leaking the product Isopentane, an extremely volatile, colorless, watery liquid which has a gasoline odor and is flammable at room temperature. Markings indicate the truck was from C Three Logistics of Pittsgrove, New Jersey.
Officials closed the road in both directions from South High Street to Route 926 (Street Road) as crews worked to ascertain the contents, a plan of attack and necessary safety precautions. Nearby residents were not affected by the incident.