Overturned tanker forces closure of I-57

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A stretch of Interstate 57 in central Illinois near Champaign is closed after a tanker truck carrying a chemical used in making shampoo overturned.

Illinois State Police say the accident happened about 7 a.m. on Sunday just west of Champaign.

No injuries were reported.

Police say the truck was northbound and changing lanes when the driver lost control. That’s when investigators say the tanker detached from the tractor and overturned onto its side in the center median.

Police say traffic in both directions of the freeway would be detoured until the wreckage is removed and the chemical is unloaded from the tanker.

Police say the 33-year-old driver from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

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