A hazardous spill from a railcar tanker has led to closure of the Escondido (215) Freeway north of Perris Friday, and 170 residences were ordered evacuated because of the spill, which authorities say is a highly flammable chemical.
The spill at Harvill and Oleander avenues was first reported around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and led to the closure of the 215 Freeway south of Van Buren and north of Ramona Expressway, the Riverside County Fire Department posted on Twitter.
Harvill Road was closed, and evacuations were ordered in an area north of Markham Street, east of Donna Lane, south of Nandina Avenue and west of Patterson Avenue, the fire department reported.
An evacuation center for those affected by the spill was opened at Pinacate Middle School, 1990 South A St., in Perris.
The leak’s source was coming from a rail car. Fox 11 is reporting a chemical called styrene, used to make rubber and latex, was leaking from the rail car.