Things Back to Normal on I-57 South of Effingham

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Published on January 14 2013 2:56 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Normal travel has resumed on Interstate 57 south of Effingham several days after a tanker truck overturned in the median.

Initial reports after the Thursday afternoon crash were that the tanker was leaking, resulting in the shutdown of I-57 both northbound and southbound.  Traffic was routed off the interstate onto Illinois 37 between the Farina and Kinmundy interchanges.  Crews examined the tanker, though, and decided that there was no leak and the interstate was reopened about 4:30pm on Thursday.

However, Illinois State Police and IDOT crews made the call to re-close the portion of interstate Saturday night due to concerns about a "minute vapor cloud" in the area of the tanker.

State police Monday, though, said the interstate has been reopened and a crew is at the scene waiting for a tow truck to remove the tanker sometime this afternoon.