I-75 Back Open After Hazardous Chemical Spill

I-75 North and South have reopened after being closed from mile marker 62-76 from 6 in the morning until just after 10 in the morning.

The interstate was shut down for about six hours while crews worked to clean-up methylene chloride that had spilled from a tractor trailer in a crash.

State Police officials said that they were notified of a single vehicle crash involving a semi-truck on I-75 near mile marker 62, because of suspected injuries to the driver, Rockcastle County Fire and EMS crews also responded to the scene.

Berea Police and Fire closed down the road near mile marker 76, because of the classification of the chemical.  Methylene chloride has a 150 foot isolation rating, but crews did not initially know how much of the chemical spilled.

They believe only about five gallons of the chemical spilled, according to Doug Baker, Chief of Somerset/Pulaski County Special Response.  At the scene Baker said he thought only two of the five containers housing the methylene chloride had a leak. 

To contain the spill, Baker said initially they tried using four-man teams then switched to a wench system to get the spill under control.

He also said he thought 100-200 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the ditch. but environmental clean-up should not be a safety hazard. 

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