Interstate 57 Reopened Between Kinmundy and Farina Following Semi AccidentInterstate 57 between the Kinmundy and Farina exits has been reopened after being closed for about two and a half hours Thursday afternoon as a result of a tanker truck carrying chemicals running off the road and overturning. After suiting up, the Marion County fire department haz mat team was able to inspect the tanker hauling a chloride product and determine it was not leaking. As a result, State Police felt it was safe to reopen the Interstate.
The driver of the truck, who has not yet been identified by State Police, escaped injury. The semi was southbound when it ran off the west shoulder of the highway and overturned in the roadside ditch. The highway was closed and nearby residents notified when Kinmundy-Alma Firemen initially arriving on the scene saw a placard indicating the truck contained chloride which can cause problems if inhaled.
In addition to the haz mat team, State Police, Secretary of State Police, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies and Marion County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency personnel all assisted at the scene and rerouting traffic off both the north and southbound lanes of the Interstate between the Kinmundy and Farina exits.
The wreck occurred around 1:45 Thursday afternoon.
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