Crews rush to contain potentially hazardous materials leaking from truck

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A UPS truck driver notified police Thursday morning after he noticed something in his truck was smoking. According to the driver, the unknown item -- if wet -- becomes an inhalant and fire danger.

Emergency responders and FOX 4 responded to the scene near I-70 and Noland Road at about 7:20 Thursday morning. The driver had pulled over as quickly as he could into a Kmart parking lot and waited for hazardous materials experts.

Hazmat crews told FOX 4 there were three dangers they were dealing with. First, the items inside the truck can become more dangerous when wet. Second, they become corrosive. And lastly, the potential for harmful inhalants.

Crews covered the drains in the area so the inhalants won't be drawn into them and create further dangers. They secured the contents by bringing in a fork lift to take the load out of the truck and turned it over to the Hazmat team for containment and disposal.

There were no injuries.

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