By IVY JACKSON
Times Staff Reporter
A semi accident on Interstate 70 Thursday morning closed down traffic for several hours while HazMat crews cleaned fuel off the road.
Around 4:35 a.m. Thursday, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Jackson Township and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Departments and the Indiana State Police were dispatched to an area near the 28-mile marker in the westbound lane of I-70, after a 911 caller reported an accident involving a jack-knifed semi about three miles east of the Brazil exit.
Apparently the Illinois driver told authorities he suffered severe arm pain before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a guardrail. The semi came to rest in a ditch, while the trailer stopped in the roadway, blocking traffic and leaking large amounts of fuel on the road.
No injuries were reported at the accident scene.
Jackson Township Assistant Chief Troy Nichols requested assistance from a Cloverdale HazMat team from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to help clean the fuel off the road while traffic was rerouted off I-70 at the 41-mile marker.
The interstate was reopened after crews completed fuel clean up shortly after 10 a.m.