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Update: Hwy 53 reopens nearly 8 hours after hazardous spill

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Credit: WI DOT

UPDATE: Some 7 hours and 45 minutes after it closed down, Highway 53 just south of Eau Claire has reopened.

Crews spent the majority of the day cleaning up after a truck hauling 26,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, 300 gallons of diesel and an unknown amount of dynamite tipped over.

"When these materials are mixed together, they can be ignited and have some explosive properties to them and that is why we took all the steps that we could to minimize and mitigate the incident," said Allyn Bertrang, deputy chief of the Eau Claire Fire Department.

The incident also caused traffic to back up near Golf Road and Highway 93.


UPDATE 10:30 a.m. : Eau Claire police say people can return to their homes and businesses.


UPDATE
Eau Claire (WQOW) -
According to the DNR, the truck that tipped was hauling 26,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, 300 gallons of diesel and an unknown amount of dynamite.

Also per the DNR, local HAZMAT and airport HAZMAT are enroute and rougly 8,000 pounds of fertilizer has spilled. They also say a unknown amount of diesel spilled through a small hole in the tank.

Two storm drains are in the area and potentially impacted.


UPDATE
Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire police say a truck hauling hazardous material has tipped on Highway 53 near Interstate 94.

Eau Claire police tell News 18 the truck was hauling ammonium nitrate.

Because of that, police say they are evacuating all homes and businesses within 1/3 mile radius of the crash.

That includes residences in the Gatehouse Drive and House Road area and businesses in the Bullis Farm Road area. 

***Incident Cleared. It is now safe to return***Eau-Claire Alert:We are asking all residents within 1/3 of a mile of...

Posted by Eau Claire County Emergency Management on Thursday, July 9, 2020

Eau Claire (WQOW) - A stretch of HWY 53 is closed this morning due to an accident according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

All lanes on HWY 53 on a stretch from Golf Road to the I-94 interchange are closed.

No word on how long the closure will be in place.

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