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UPDATE: I-75 Reopens after Anhydrous Ammonia Leak
SIDNEY -- Thousands of people can breathe easier now that an ammonia spill is finally cleaned up.
That leak from a tanker truck on I-75 at the SR 47 exit shut down the interstate for six hours on Tuesday, June 17. Traffic was shut down in both directions.
Fire crews used water to control the leaking and rising ammonia.
A dozen businesses were forced to close their doors and a nearby neighborhood was evacuated.
"As soon as they said it was a chemical spill I left and we went to my dad's," Kena Russell of Sidney explained Tuesday.
Officials tell us that by 3:30 p.m. enough ammonia had been transferred to a secure tanker businesses, like Oasis Drive-Thru, were able to re-open its doors. But even when the all-clear was given, this section of Sidney still looked like a ghost town.
"I heard people talking and say they didn't even want to take the chance of being around it. Usually, we're really busy but we're not busy today," Oasis worker Mikell Stephens explained.
Ohio EPA officials are investigating to make sure there are no long-term harmful effects to the environment.
"I'm sure they're going to do some long-term analyzing of the soil in the area and any runover that occurred from the vapor suppression activity." Sidney Fire Lt. Chad Hollinger said on the scene.
There were no reports of injury or serious ammonia exposure during this incident.
SHELBY COUNTY -- I-75 has reopened after crews shut down the highway following a leaking tanker. The exit ramps at St. Rt. 47 interchange are still closed. Officials expect them to be opened within the next couple hours.
SHELBY COUNTY -- Crews working to clean up the leaking tanker truck near Sidney are saying they hope to have the area cleared and I-75 reopened by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The cleanup of the leaking anhydrous ammonia has been slowed because of the high temperatures, prompting crews to work in 15-minute shifts.
According to first responders, the tanker truck driver was traveling south from Lima along I-75 when another truck driver altered him to the leak. That's when he pulled off the highway to the exit ramp near Sidney.
Emergency Management officials say they issued an alert to about 5,000 addresses in the area alerting them to the potential hazards of the leak. However, only addresses in the immediate vicinity of the leak were told to either evacuate or shelter in place. That area includes Bob Evans, Days Inn and a strip mall.
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Traffic Detoured Off I-75 Due to Truck Leaking Anhydrous Ammonia
SHELBY COUNTY -- Fire crews are spraying water on a truck that is leaking anhydrous ammonia near the I-75 exit in Sidney.
First responders say people in the businesses near the leak are being asked to either shelter in place or evacuate the area. Those businesses include a strip mall, Days Inn and Bob Evans.
Wind in the area is not helping matters, adding to fears the leaking material will affect nearby neighborhoods.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, the EPA and hazmat crews are on scene.
Both directions of I-75, between Fair Road and SR 29 in Shelby County, remains closed.
The Ohio Department of Transportation suggests a detour around that stretch of highway.
I-75 south traffic: exit at State Route 274 east to State Route 235 south to US 36 west.
I-75 north traffic: exit US 36 east to State Route 235 north to State Route 274 west.
Overturned Truck Possibly Leaking Material Shuts Ramps Near Sidney
SHELBY COUNTY -- I-75 is now closed both northbound and southbound between Fair Road and SR 29 in Shelby County due to a truck possibly leaking material.
The ramp from I-75 south to SR 47 in Sidney is currently closed. The ramp from SR 29 to I-75 south has also been closed to assist in traffic control.
SHELBY COUNTY -- The ramp from I-75 south to State Route 47 in Sidney is closed after a truck possibly leaking material.
Initial reports indicate the tanker truck could be leaking an anhydrous material.
Hazmat crews are reportedly on scene and are requesting that people nearby stay indoors.
The ramp from State Route 29 to I-75 south also has been closed to assist with traffic control, the Ohio Department of Transportation is reporting.
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