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L.A. County emergency crews respond to simulated toxic spill in Carson

March 24, 2010 |  9:35 am

Emergency crews responded Wednesday morning to a simulated toxic spill in Carson as part of a training exercise for first-responders.

The training exercise began at 9 a.m. when officials called 911 with news of an overturned truck leaking chlorine gas on the eastbound 91 Freeway, according to inspector Frederic Stowers of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In response to the hypothetical emergency, fire crews, public health officials and volunteers from the American Red Cross set up a command post at the Home Depot Center sports complex at 18400 Avalon Blvd., where they planned to organize an evacuation of neighborhoods downwind from the hypothetical spill.

Stowers said they will not actually evacuate the neighborhoods. But otherwise, he said, the simulation is "going to be as close to real-life as we can make it."

-- Kate Linthicum