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Semi crash leaves chemical spill

A dangerous chemical spill arising from an overturned tractor-trailer shut down Interstate 57 in Champaign, IL for many of Sunday as the road started to get slushy. The spill required more than 100 homeowners out of their homes. No one was hurt in the accident.

Authorities said the trailer consisted of a chemical made use of in cleaners and hair shampoos. Dimethylaminopropylamine is combustible, and vapors from the chemical could cause health problems.

The driving of the tractor trailer was given a ticket for driving too quickly for the weather conditions.

Lillard stated the semi driver went to change lanes and felt his tractor-trailer start to jackknife.

First responders contained the spill, and evacuations were ordered do the to the unsafe vapors from the tractor-trailer accident. After an initial evacuation of about 30 houses, another 60 were left when the wind shifted.

Champaign Fire Chief Gary Ludwig stated they understood the temperature levels were going to be dropping, and they knew winds would be picking up making it even more challenging for firemen to do their job.

By late Sunday night, authorities determined homeowners might return to their homes. The chemical had been safely off-loaded and authorities were in the process of eliminating the damaged big-rig so I-57 could be reopened.

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