Tri-State Reopens After Tanker Crash, Acid Spill
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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.