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Acid spill closes westbound exit near Belfield

A hydrochloric acid spill temporarily closed the Interstate 94 westbound exit to Belfield on Wednesday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

A rubber gasket on a hatchet on top of a Baker Hughes semi was faulty, allowing the water-diluted liquid to spill on the Exit 42 ramp, Highway Patrol Lt. Jody Skogen said. He could not confirm how much was spilled but that it had been cleaned up.

Emergency staff and law enforcement responded to the incident at approximately 6:25 p.m. The exit was closed for about 45 minutes, Skogen said.

No one was injured during the incident and the unnamed driver was not cited.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.