Illinois: "5 Dead After Crash, Chemical Leak In Downstate Teutopolis"

"Five people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash that included a tanker truck carrying a toxic chemical that spilled Friday night, triggering a large temporary evacuation near downstate Effingham.

The truck was holding 7,500 gallons of anhydrous ammonia, of which about 4,000 gallons spilled, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The crash happened about 9:25 p.m. Friday in Teutopolis, about 200 miles south of Chicago.

Effingham County Coroner Kim Rhodes said the five dead included three from the same family — one adult and two children under 12. The other two were adult motorists from out of state, Rhodes said. Additionally, five people were airlifted to hospitals, their conditions unknown."

Kade Heather reports for the Chicago Sun-Times Sept 30, 2023.


"Investigation Continues Into Deadly Central Illinois Truck Crash That Caused Toxic Chemical Leak" (AP)

"Five Dead, Five Hurt In Illinois Collision That Leaked Toxic Substance" (Reuters)

Source: Chicago Sun-Times, 10/02/2023