• Interstate reopened after toxic spill cleanup

    by  • January 14, 2013 • News

    After three days of being shut down, Interstate 57 near Kinmundy is back open, as a hazardous chemical leaking from an overturned tanker truck was finally cleaned up.

    The Thursday accident resulted in traffic being rerouted from about Farina to Kinmundy to Illinois Route 37.

    Illinois State Police say the overturned tanker was carrying chloroacetyl chloride and that as the leak increased over the weekend and the chemical reacted to the rain, a vapor cloud developed.

    The cloud resulted in at least three homes in the area being evacuated and rail tracks in the area also being temporarily shut down.

    While the Interstate has been opened back up, the southbound lane will again be closed for a time today as the truck is lifted on to a flat bed and removed from the area.


    With the Interstate back open, commuters this morning should still be alert, as freezing rain over the weekend and below freezing temperatures this morning are contributing to slick roads in the area.

    While most major roads are clear, there are still some patches of ice on bridges and overpasses and untreated secondary roads are still icy.

    High rainfall over the weekend also resulted in flooding in some areas, with multiple water rescues taking place Sunday. This morning, Centralia firefighters were conducting another water rescue, this time on Lagoon Road near the Raccoon Lake dam.