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Tanks topple onto Illinois 47

HazMat officials must determine amount of contents before righting them

Published: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 8:33 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 8:34 a.m. CDT
(Todd Sherman Photo)
Jim Lutz, center, director of the Grundy County Emergency Management Agency, assesses the situation as a pair of anhydrous ammonia tanks sit upside down partially on Illinois 47, just south of Morris Municipal Airport, on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday afternoon, the Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District reported to a scene on Illinois 47, just south of the Morris Municipal Airport, where two anhydrous ammonia tanks on one trailer had rolled over.

Each tank had a 1,000-gallon capacity, but both were reported as empty. But if the tanks are less than 5 percent full, that is considered empty, noted Chief Tracey Steffes.

To verify how much was contained in the tanks, Illinois State Police HazMat was called out before the tanks were turned upright.

Traffic in the area was shut down for a brief time, said Steffes. No injuries were reported.

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