A flatbed semi carrying 55 gallons of flammable deoxidizers caught fire on southbound IL-394 near Glenwood Lansing Drive just after 2 a.m. Tuesday.
First responders were able to separate the cab from the truck and get the driver out safely. It took crews about an hour to extinguish the fire.
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Illinois State Police shut down IL-394 in both directions for a few hours to clear the scene. Northbound IL-394 reopened around 4:30 a.m.
Hazardous materials crews worked on cleaning up the chemical spill in the right lane and right shoulder for several hours. Crews are looking into whether some of the chemicals leaked into a nearby creek.
The left lane of southbound IL-394 reopened for a few hours Tuesday morning, before closing again around 8:30 a.m. to allow crews to move the truck.
The cause of the fire in under investigation. null