ANNAWAN, Ill. (KWQC) - UPDATE 2:45 p.m.: The Illinois State Police reports that all lanes on I-80 at the site of the semi tanker crash are open.
UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.: The Illinois State Police say there is no estimated time for reopening the east bound lanes at the time of this report. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Transportation are on scene to supervise the cleanup efforts and determine when the area will be safe to reopen for regular traffic.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: The Illinois Department of Transportation says an emergency road closure was installed on I-80 due to an accident. One lane is open on I-80 westbound and eastbound lanes are completely closed with detour in place. The detour is US 6 at exits 27 and 33.
One eastbound lane is anticipated to be open by dusk.
UPDATE: Westbound I-80 is reopened after a semi truck hauling ethanol crashed just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22.
Both directions of I-80 were closed for hours. Crews opened westbound traffic around 7 a.m.
Illinois State Police say they hope to reopen the eastbound lanes in the next few hours. However, it could take five to seven days for HAZMAT crews to completely clean up the ethanol spill.
"Ethanol is highly flammable so they want to make sure there isn't an issue with a lot of vehicles going by in a close proximity to the spill. Arsenal Island FD responded to the scene because they have a specialized foam they lay down to try and suppress the possibility of flames kicking up from this spill," Trooper Jason Wilson said.
According to ISP, close to 8,000 gallons of ethanol spilled across the road and the median.
ORIGINAL STORY: A truck tractor pulling a tanker trailer crashed in the center median of I-80 between Atkinson and Annawan.
It happened just before 3 a.m. on I-80 near mile marker 30.
No one was hurt in the crash. However, the crash caused the semi and the tanker to catch on fire.
Both directions of I-80 are closed at this time. Traffic is being rerouted at Atkinson and Annawan. Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes and avoid the area.