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Hazardous materials released following collision

A storage tank containing hazardous materials started to leak after it was struck by a tractor-trailer about 6:20 a.m. Monday a few miles west of West Liberty-Salem schools.

A semi-truck hauling floral products attempting to turn around at the Heritage Cooperative anhydrous ammonia distribution site along Upper Valley Pike, west of U.S. Route 68 in Champaign County, struck a large-capacity anhydrous ammonia storage tank, puncturing a supply line and causing a small leak.

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A tractor-trailer struck a storage tank containing anhydrous ammonia Monday morning at the Heritage Cooperative facility on Upper Valley Pike. The collision ruptured the tank and caused a small leak, but did not result in any injuries. PHOTO | CHIEF CHRIS JONES, MACOCHEE JOINT AMBUALNCE DISTRICT

The low-speed collision moved the tank approximately six inches, Macochee Joint Ambulance District personnel report. After striking the tank, the truck also ran into a small outbuilding, knocking it off its foundation and knocking over a light pole. The truck ultimately slid off the roadway and into a ditch.

No one was injured.

West Liberty Fire Department and Champaign County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

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GRAPHIC | MACOCHEE JOINT AMBUALNCE DISTRICT

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