Tri-State Reopens After Tanker Crash, Acid Spill

Updated 03/20/12 – 7:27 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The southbound Tri-State Tollway has reopened near 95th Street in Bridgeview, more than seven hours after a tanker truck carrying hydrochloric acid rolled over.

Officials shut down the southbound Tri-State at 95th Street around noon, when a tanker truck carrying hydrochloric acid crashed and overturned after a van suddenly pulled in front of it.

The lanes reopened shortly after 7 p.m., after crews spent hours cleaning up the wreck and transferring the hydrochloric acid into another tanker, because it had begun leaking after the crash.

A van apparently moved into the tanker’s lane and caused the truck to flip onto its side around noon near the 127th Street/Cicero Avenue interchange.

There were no serious injuries from the crash.

While the southbound Tri-State was closed, drivers were diverted to nearby streets, the Veterans Memorial Tollway and Interstate 55 for alternate routes south.

  • iris

    Stupid drivers.

  • concerned driver

    That guy in that van who cut off the truck driver and it jack-knifed across all lanes should have his driver’s license permanently revoked. In fact, anyone who do that should not be allowed to drive for a long time.

    We don’t want drivers who want or keep driving this way–cutting off other drivers, running through red lights, driving the wrong way, etc.

    Stay off our roads.

    • German Leprechaun

      That’s right!! Additionally, he should be billed for the hazmat cleanup. But, of course, he won’t!!!

    • Roberta Waker

      Interesting comment about drivers cutting off other drivers because semi drivers do that all the time in that area. I can’t condemn or judge the van driver because I wasn’t there so I don’t know if the semi was speeding, following too close, or maybe even cut the van driver off prior to that incident. For him to jacknife, he must have been moving pretty good; but let’s wait for more info before we hang anyone.

      • German Leprechaun

        But, Roberta, I LIKZ hangin’ people!!!

  • Theresa

    Wish they would just hurry and get it cleaned up my husband is stuck in that traffic an today is our Anniversary. Going to be a long night w/o him. He is traveling from a gm class to the Monticello In area.

  • Rodney

    I also dive a tanker truck and we are much more aware of traffic than most other trucks because of what we carry. I agree so who was at fault before haging anyone,but if the van was at fault and did something to cause that wreck throw the book at them. Also hang the whole bill for the accident on them. Thank God no one was killed.

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