TEUTOPOLIS — At least five people are dead with a section of an Effingham County town being evacuated as a result of a Friday night crash.
A news release from the Illinois State Police Saturday morning revealed that a multi-vehicle crash occurred late Friday evening. At around 9:25 p.m., the accident took place along U.S. Highway 40 about a half-mile east of the town of Teutopolis.
The release indicated that a tractor-trailer that was leaking anhydrous ammonia.
“Due to the plume from the ammonia leak, people within an approximate one-mile radius of the crash have been evacuated,” the release said.
The evacuation order would include sections in the northeastern quadrant of Teutopolis.
A press conference Saturday morning revealed that the impacted zone remains closed. This zone is Highway 40 between Teutopolis and Montrose.
Officials from the Illinois State Police and Effingham County Sheriff’s Department advise that the public avoid the area. Crews are continuing their work to contain the leak. Emergency personnel continue with their response to the incident site, indicated as 19740 East U.S. Highway 40.
Illinois State Police noted that there was additional traffic on Highway 40 due to a crash east of Effingham on Interstate 70 at around 4:50 p.m.
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