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A semi trailer rollover shut down Interstate-80 westbound between Route 30 and Interstate-355 at 7:51 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 26.
The rollover occurred just past the bridge over Route 30 in New Lenox in a two-lane construction zone. The driver, Percy A. Wells, 33, of Chicago, was uninjured in the crash, according to a press release from the Illinois State Police. Police said Wells attempted a lane change from the left lane to the right lane and during the change, Wells stated the trailer began to sway uncontrollably.
He struck the guardrail on the right side of the roadway, damaging approximately 200 feet before turning over in the right ditch, the release stated.
Traffic is still being redirected to I-355 northbound, and drivers should use alternate routes as it will be shut down for an extended amount of time, according to the release. The I-355 southbound and I-80 westbound ramps are also closed.
The semi was uprighted at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The truck tractor contained liquid triethyl phosphate, which leaked approximately 100 gallons of the substance, though it has been contained by the hazardous materials team as of 3:08 p.m., according to the release.
Police said people in the area should take necessary precautions to prevent injury.