PLAINFIELD – Southbound I-55 is expected to remain closed until the early afternoon today following a hazardous crash that resulted in multiple injuries and a significant gasoline spill, as reported by the Plainfield Police Department and Plainfield Fire Protection District.
According to police reports it began early this morning, around 4:16 a.m., emergency services rushed to Southbound I-55 at mile marker 260 after a northbound semi-truck lost control, crossing the center median and colliding with another semi-truck traveling southbound. This southbound truck, laden with gasoline, suffered severe damage, releasing over 1,000 gallons of fuel onto the highway. The incident also ensnared several other vehicles.
While the spill was swiftly contained by first responders, a specialized clean-up team has been engaged for final remediation. Notably, three individuals were taken to nearby hospitals, thankfully with non-life-threatening injuries.
Local authorities are redirecting traffic between Route 126 and Route 30 due to the closure, leading to significant delays. Commuters are advised to monitor traffic conditions, plan alternate routes, and allow additional travel time.