A clothing dye spill slows traffic on I-85 South in Spartanburg Co.


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, South Carolina (FOX Carolina) – Spartanburg County Emergency Management reported a textile and clothing dye spill was causing traffic issues near Exit 66 along I-85 South on Tuesday. afternoon.

“It’s an organic textile dye. It is soluble in water, it is harmless. It’s just a mess on the freeway right now and on people’s cars,” said Doug Bryson, Spartanburg County Emergency Services Office Manager.

Officials said a 55-gallon drum of dye spilled and the mess covered two lanes of I-85 south. As of 3:30 p.m., crews were on hand to wash the dye off the highway and hope to have it finished within hours. The highway was fully reopened around 6 p.m.

“I was behind a woman who turned around to enter the on-ramp she turned around and took the wrong traffic just so she wouldn’t sit in there and I’ve been here for almost 15 minutes now and I haven’t even moved half a mile,” said a man stuck in traffic.

Emergency management, highway patrol, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, several fire departments and a towing company were on the scene.

According to officials, the dye is organic and used for textiles and clothing and will have no impact on the environment. However, authorities are working to set up a number that drivers can call if their cars go through the dye. They note that the dye should be able to come off a car with a car wash.

Due to the location of the spill, Emergency Management says there may be a splash of color on the surface of the North Tyger River over the next few days, but this is not detrimental to the environment, people or aquatic fauna.


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