UPDATED: Crash Forces Temporary Closure of I-57 between I-74 at I-72
CHAMPAIGN - I-57 between I-74 at I-72 has been reopened after being temporarily closed due to a jack-knifed tanker truck on I-57 at milepost 235.5.
The Champaign Fire Department says this section of Interstate 57, in both directions, and the Bradley Street overpass were closed due to this incident. Authorities say the Illinois State Police, the Champaign Fire Department hazmat team, and water tankers from Cornbelt FPD and Tolono FPD are on scene.
Authorities told WAND News evacuations began at Summer Sage Court Sunday afternoon. A total of 30 units are being evacuated; 60 people are affected. Champaign Fire Department officials also ordered additional mandatory evacuations in the 800-900 of Erin and 3300-3400 blocks of Katie Lynn, Edward Hoffman & Florence at 3:00 p.m. because of shifting winds.
According to Champaign Fire Department officials, the tanker was carrying 44,000 pounds of a hazardous material, and that there was a small vapor cloud coming from the tanker. Authorities say an action plan has been put into place.
Illinois State Police say the rollover happened at about 7:02 a.m., when the tanker truck attempted to change lanes. Authorities say the driver lost control, and the tanker detached from the truck, resulting in the truck coming to rest in the right ditch and the tanker came to rest on its side in the center median. No injuries were reported, but the driver was ticketed for driving too fast for road conditions/failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Authorities say Interstate 57 was reopened at about 2:00 a.m. Monday after the crash scene is cleared and hazardous materials are removed. We will continue to provide updates to this story as they become available.