EB I-74 re-opened after HazMat spill

SAINT LEON, IN (FOX19) - Interstate 74 has been reopened after an overturned tanker truck has caused eastbound Interstate 74 to be shut down Friday.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at the 159 mile marker, near the St. Peters Road overpass. Both sides of the interstate were shut down for several hours. All lanes of I-74 reopened around 7 p.m. Friday night.

The truck was carrying 4,000 gallons of Phtalic Anhydride Molton. The truck began spilling the material, which is caused both sides of the interstate to be shut down. St. Peters Road is also closed. Crews say they have to wait for the chemical to cool down before they can clean it up.

The driver of the tanker truck, Andrzej Grela, 29, of Chicago, was air lifted to University Hospital with a head injury. He told troopers that the material in his truck began to "slosh" due to the load and uneven pavement in the construction area. He apparently dropped off the edge of the roadway and struck the concrete barrier and at the end of the barrier, the tanker overturned.

The tanker was removed and normal traffic have resumed.

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