A semitruck carrying anhydrous ammonia overturned in Teutopolis, Illinois, causing a chemical spill and prompting the evacuation of area residents. The crash occurred on Route 40 in Effingham County, and due to the ammonia leak, people within a one-mile radius were evacuated, including parts of Teutopolis. Effingham County Sheriff Paul Kuhns confirmed multiple fatalities resulting from the crash. Authorities have shut down traffic as they work to contain the chemical leak.
Anhydrous ammonia is a toxic substance that poses health hazards if not handled properly. Inhalation of the chemical can lead to lung irritation, severe respiratory injuries, and even death at higher concentrations. It is also corrosive and can cause burns on the skin and eyes. Efforts are currently focused on containing the spill to minimize its impact and protect the safety of the affected residents.
The incident highlights the importance of handling hazardous materials with caution and adhering to safety protocols. As emergency workers and first responders continue to address the situation, more information will be released regarding the exact number of fatalities and the progress made in containing the leak. Meanwhile, residents are urged to cooperate with the evacuation efforts and avoid travel in the affected area to ensure the effective response to the incident.