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I-80 reopens after ethanol spills in rollover crash

Illinois State Police report I-80 is shut down in both directions after a tractor trailer crashed in the median and caught on fire.
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Update: All lanes of Interstate 80 have reopened, according to Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson.

Original: ANNAWAN, Illinois  -- A truck tractor hauling a trailer full of ethanol crashed into the center median on Interstate 80 causing lanes to close in both directions early Wednesday morning, November 22nd.

According to the Illinois State Police, the driver was heading eastbound near Mile Marker 30 between Annawan and Atkinson when the crash happened around 2:45 a.m.  The truck rolled onto the driver's side and caught fire.  In addition, the load of 8,000 gallons of ethanol spilled from the tanker.

The interstate was shut down while emergency responders got the fire under control.  Traffic was routed through Atkinson on Illinois Route 6; the westbound lanes have since reopened.

As of 2 p.m. officials didn't know when the eastbound lanes would reopen.

Police said there were no injuries reported.


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