Overturned Fuel Truck Shuts Down IL Route 3

VENICE, IL (KTVI) – At around 9:30 Thursday morning emergency crews arrived at route 3 near McKinley Bridge in response to that crash here in Venice. 75 fire fighters, hazmat crews spent the day spraying the tanker filled with 8-thousand gallons of fuel with foam to keep it cool and to control the spill. Multiple departments had to show up to bring water because they didn’t have enough available in the area. All of it in an effort to keep the fumes down and the truck from catching fire.

The driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. The truck is owned by Piasa Motor Fuels.  Both the north and southbound lanes on route 3 near McKinley Bridge were blocked off for about 5 hours. The Red Cross was also on hand to supply water and snacks to the crews.

Hazmat officials say there is no direct threat of high toxins, the EPA is also checking out the scene.


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