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Acid Leak Shuts Down Southbound Tri-State Tollway

A truck carrying what is believed to be hydrochloric acid tipped over, leaking the corrosive chemical. Cleanup will extend into the evening hours, forcing drivers to re-route, Illinois State Police report.

Southbound lanes of the Tri-State Tollway near 95th Street were shut down Tuesday afternoon, after a van cut off a truck carrying hydrochloric acid, causing it to tip and spill the liquid.

Interstate-294 was closed between 95th Street and 127th/Cicero Avenue.

All southbound lanes are being diverted at 95th Street. Two northbound lanes are closed to allow maintenance crews to reroute traffic between 95th Street and the site of the accident, which happened around 12 p.m. near the Cicero Avenue exit, according to Illinois State Police.

Closures are expected to last through the evening rush hour. Tollway representatives advise southbound drivers planning to travel through the area to exit at I-55 and seek an alternate route.  Drivers coming from the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) planning to travel through the area are advised to take the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) to reach eastbound I-80.

The driver of the van made an illegal U-turn, pulling out in front of the truck, said Illinois State Trooper Michelle Kistulinec.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries, and refused transport to the hospital.

Hazmat crews were called to the scene.

Norman Kozlarek March 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I could not believe people were still entering 94 south at 79th street at 4 pm. I wanted to get out of my car in direct traffic. Where were the traffic diverters? And for Mr. Howe above, traffic reports are notoriously untimely, inaccurate, and redundant. HazardOUS dummy. And no one refuels at 1/2 tank except people with nothing better to do with their time. As for the U-turn artist, jail him.
Al Burrito March 23, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Maybe if Troopers were actually patrolling the roadway, incidents like this wouldn't happen. I rarely see any Troopers on I-294 and I travel 60 miles round trip on 294 daily.
Chicagoheightsmike March 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Al, don't blame the troopers. Blames State Budget cuts.
Dave March 23, 2012 at 01:28 PM
When I travel to work in the morning between 6am and 8am I usually pass or get passed by 2 or 3 on average. Both marked and unmarked state troopers. On the return trip ranging from 3:30pm to 7pm, I've usually come across 2, one of which is with the radar gun at one of those U-turns. In the past 3 weeks on the way home I've encountered I think the same trooper at that very U-turn point 2 times with his radar gun out. Too bad he wasn't there that day. My commute on I-294 is between IL-50 and I-88 usually, unless I have to detour off somewhere. Also, if you read further up one of my replies has a link involving more state budget cuts where they are going to discontinue 16 of the 20 state police district offices. So I agree with Chicagoheightsmike in not blaming the troopers. They keep getting reduced in support and are expected to provide more service.
Marc A. Wiley Sr. March 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Dave. That is so true. They have cut the Troopers and they are spread thin.

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