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A semi trailer rolled over on Interstate 80 westbound between Route 30 and Interstate 355 Thursday, Dec. 26, morning, shutting it down. Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media
Sean Hastings, Contributing Editor
11:42 am CST December 26, 2019

A semi trailer rollover shut down Interstate 80 westbound between Route 30 and Interstate 355 at 7:51 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 26. 

The rollover occurred just past the bridge over Route 30 in New Lenox in a two-lane construction zone. The driver, Percy A. Wells, 33, of Chicago, was uninjured in the crash, according to a press release from the Illinois State Police. Police said Wells attempted a lane change from the left lane to the right lane and during the change, Wells stated the trailer began to sway uncontrollably.

He struck the guardrail on the right side of the roadway, damaging approximately 200 feet before turning over in the right ditch, the release stated.

Traffic is still being redirected to I-355 northbound, and drivers should use alternate routes as it will be shut down for an extended amount of time, according to the release. The I-355 southbound and I-80 westbound ramps are also closed.

The truck tractor contained liquid triethyl phosphate, which leaked approximately 100 gallons of the substance, causing a hazerdous matterials situation, though it has been contained as of 3:08 p.m., according to the release.

Police said people in the area should take necessary precautions to prevent injury. 

Traffic on I-80 westbound was backed up to LaGrange Road as of 10:45 a.m.