North Dixie Drive reopens in Vandalia after HAZMAT incident

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 7:23 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 9:32 AM

County HAZMAT crews were requested to the scene of a semi-trailer on North Dixie Drive in Vandalia.

Update@9:31 a.m.:

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they could not see any flames, but heavy smoke was coming from the back of the trailer, said Chad Follick, city of Vandalia fire chief. 

They called a HAZMAT crew, which determined that it was safe to open the back of the trailer, he said. When they opened the trailer, they discovered that batteries the trailer was hauling had moved around and were leaking. 

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The liquid combined with some other hazardous materials in the back of the trailer and they caused the fire, Follick said. 

North Dixie Drive and Old Springfield Road were closed for several hours while crews worked at the scene. The roads reopened about 9 a.m. 

There were no injuries, Follick said. 

First report:

County hazmat crews has been requested to the scene of a semi-trailer fire in Vandalia this morning.

Authorities and fire officials were dispatched to Central Transport, 11040 North Dixie Drive, for a large vehicle fire reported around 6:35 a.m.

The truck was smoking when crews arrived on scene, according to emergency scanner traffic.

Officials confirm hazardous material is inside the trailer, though specific details were not immediately available. 

Both lanes of travel on North Dixie Drive and Old Springfield Road are blocked for the investigation.

We’ll continue to update this story as we find out more.