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Interstate reopens, driving warning issued

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Gazette Staff
February 10, 2010

Interstate 90/39 was closed for 11 hours until about 7 a.m. Wednesday after a semi-trailer truck hauling flammable solvents tipped over across both northbound lanes near Edgerton.


John W. Kelly, 62, Plainfield, Ill., was driving north when his truck drifted onto the median shoulder then back into the left lane before his rig overturned across both northbound lanes, according to a Wisconsin State Patrol press release. The crash was reported at 8:02 p.m.


An unknown amount of the tanker contents—three kinds of flammable solvents—leaked onto the highway after the crash, the release said.


Traffic was detoured while an environmental cleanup company and a tow service cleaned up the spill and removed the truck, the release said.


Kelly suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment, according to the release.


The crash remains under investigation.


The Rock County Sheriff’s Office has issued a winter driving warning for today.


Motorists should allow for extra time while commuting this morning, a department press release said.


Motorists also are encouraged to visit www.511wi.gov and www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/driving-tips.htm for updates on road conditions and inclement weather driving tips, according to the release.

Most county roads are either snow covered or drifted shut due to gusty winds overnight. Deputies were dispatched to traffic accidents, and numerous motor vehicle run-offs throughout the night due to deteriorating road conditions. County plows, however, have been out since 4 a.m. and are working to clear roads, the release said.



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