Hazmat Situation on I-57 Near Johnston City
UPDATED 7:45 a.m. Wednedsay, January 15
JOHNSTON CITY -- Illinois State Police Trooper Joey Watson has updated us again on the situation on Interstate 57 near Johnston City.
Three lanes are open to traffic, however the southbound passing lane is still closed after Tuesday night's accident involving a semi carrying hazardous materials.
UPDATED 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 15
JOHNSTON CITY -- A nine mile stretch of Intestate 57 near Johnston City has reopened. Crews opened the highway overnight after a hazardous material spill at mile marker 61. That's according to the Williamson County Sheriff's Department.
UPDATED 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, January 14
JOHNSTON CITY -- Emergency crews remained on the scene of a hazmat situation along I-57 late Tuesday night that closed the interstate in both directions for hours.
State police say a semi carrying a corrosive liquid rolled onto its side just before 8 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the interstate at mile marker 61.
Southbound traffic was being diverted off the highway at the West Frankfort exit. Northbound traffic was exiting at Johnston City.
Williamson County emergency management authorities say the spill is not a danger to the public, and evacuations were not needed.
State police say the driver of the truck was not hurt in the crash. No word on what caused the semi to roll.
UPDATED 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, January 14
WSIL -- ISP Trooper Joey Watson confirms a haz-mat teams are on the scene of the hazardous load spill on Interstate 57. The semi that crashed was carrying a liquid disinfectant. Crews from across Southern Illinois are responding.
Watson says guidelines for that substance call for a 150 foot perimeter for cleanup; no evacuations have been ordered in that area.
As of 9:00 p.m. northbound traffic on I-57 is being diverted at the Johnston City exit, mile marker 59. Southbound drivers are being rerouted at West Frankfort mile marker 65.
There is no word yet how long the clean up will take.
WSIL -- Williamson County fire officials confirm both northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 57 are shut down as of 8:30 Tuesday night.
A semi crash has caused a hazmat situation that crews say could be a possible breathing hazard. Drivers are encouraged to avoid that area of the highway. No word yet on the contents of the truck or how long the interstate will be shut down.
Stay with News 3 for updates as they become available.
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