Crash South of Beulah
By Jarann Johnson
Friday morning there was an accident south of Beulah on Highway 49 that caused a highway closure. The accident was caused when a 2007 Freightliner with a tanker carrying hazardous materials rolled over into a ditch and begin to leak.
Mercer County Sheriff Dean Danzeisen said he received a report about the accident just after 7 a.m. Once the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and other responders arrived they discovered the truck was carrying sulfuric acid.
“At about 7:15, Friday morning, I got a report that a semi had rolled over in a ditch a mile past [mile marker] 96 – actually four miles south of Beulah. Sheriff’s Office, Mercer County Ambulance, Hazen Fire Rescue dispatched, deputies arrived and read the plaque on the truck – it was sulfuric acid,” Danzeisen said.
After discovering the semi in the ditch was carrying sulfuric acid, the responders took necessary measures to protect the public from the accident and notified regional agencies equipped to handle hazardous material accidents.
“The area was cornered off for about a half mile, three residences were evacuated. Sulfuric acid is really the worst hazard. The worst hazard for sulfuric acid is if it touches your skin, it’s corrosive. It’s not necessarily so much of an inhalation hazard,” Danzeisen said. “The department of emergency services in Bismarck was notified because they do the hazardous materials and I asked for the regional response team, which is Dickinson Fire and Rescue and Bismarck Fire and Rescue, they have HazMat teams.”