Updated:MARIETTA, Ga. —
Cobb Parkway in Marietta was shut down in both directions after an overturned truck spilled a liquid chemical onto the roadway Monday.
The incident happened sometime before 2:30 p.m. Marietta police shut down the road from Bells Ferry to Allgood roads. The stretch was reopened Tuesday morning.
Marietta police spokesman David Baldwin said just under 50,000 pounds of sodium hydroxide was leaking from the truck. Nearby businesses and hotels were evacuated for about four hours.
"We just came out and we were standing at the fence watching, but then it was like a bunch of police officers...evacuated the whole hotel," hotel guest Lashunda Mosley said.
News Chopper 2 flew over the area as a traffic backed up for afternoon commuters in the area. Channel 2’s Jason Durden advised drivers to use Interstate 75 as an alternate route.