- Aug 29, 2022
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Crews were working to contain a chemical leak in central Illinois after a deadly highway crash caused a semitruck to spew anhydrous ammonia, authorities said.The crash caused a "plume" of ammonia to escape and residents within a one mile radius, including northeastern Teutopolis, were told to evacuate.www.usatoday.com
There were multiple fatalities after several vehicles crashed along U.S. Highway 40 around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Illinois State Police said. Police declined to say how many people died.
The crash also caused a semitruck to leak the toxic compound, police said Saturday. Emergency responders were on the scene Saturday morning, and road closures prevented residents from reaching their homes.
Federal regulators are investigating the cause of the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday.
Update at 1 p.m. – Kim Rhodes, the Effingham County Coroner, has confirmed that five people, including two children, died as a result of Friday night’s ammonia leak in Teutopolis.Update at 1 p.m. – Kim Rhodes, the Effingham County Coroner, has confirmed that five people, including two children, died as a result of Friday night’s ammonia leak in Teutopolis. The c…www.wcia.com
The children and one adult are confirmed to be from the same family, and they are from the area. The other two fatalities are from Missouri and Ohio.
The person from Ohio, authorities said, was a semi-truck driver who was passing through the scene.
Another five people were airlifted from the area for treatment at Central Illinois hospitals. One of those airlifted victims is the driver of the truck that was carrying ammonia; he was taken to Springfield Memorial Hospital.
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