by Sarah Fenske
A tractor-trailer carrying 36,000 pounds of alcohol overturned yesterday evening on Interstate 255 near Dupo, Illinois, shutting down the highway for several hours while crews worked to keep the intoxicating mess from spilling onto the roadways.
Sadly, though, this was no felicitous accident for boozehounds -- unless you do your drinking Kitty Dukakis style.
The St. Clair County hazardous materials team was called to the scene after it was discovered the tractor-trailer was hauling 36,000 pounds of the highly flammable substance, Cooper and St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Lay said.The trailer overturned around 7:30 p.m., and the roadway was shut for a few hours. The driver was taken to the hospital; no word on the cause of the accident.
There have been no indications that the substance has leaked, and the situation is not posing any threat to the surrounding community, Miller said.