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Soil Being Removed As Cleanup Continues From Tanker Truck Accident on I-57

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The tanker trailer involved in a Thursday afternoon accident on Interstate 57 three miles north of the Kinmundy exit has now been removed, but additional cleanup will be required.

Marion County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency Coordinator Donnie Brooks says there apparently was some leakage of the chloride compound from the tanker that contaminated the ground. He reports a nuetralizer was used Tuesday. Work Wednesday will begin on removal of 25,000 square feet of dirt from the shoulder of the interstate into the ditch. It will be replaced with clean dirt.

Brooks says Interstate 57 traffic in the area of the accident will be reduced to one lane while the work is being completed. He's uncertain how long it will take. Brooks says water samples will also be taken from two nearby ponds to make sure they are not contaminated. Interstate 57 was closed between Kinmundy and Farina several times after the accident as a safety precaution.

The tanker truck was finally removed from the roadside ditch on Sunday and then lifted by a crane onto a new trailer to be removed from the area on Monday. The driver of the truck escaped injury when his rig left the west shoulder of the southbound lanes and ran into the roadside ditch. State Police have not released reports on the wreck.  

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