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Early morning diesel fuel spill on I-55

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[September 26, 2012]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois State Police released the following information at 10:02 a.m. Wednesday regarding a fuel spill earlier in the morning on southbound Interstate 55:

Incident: Diesel fuel spill

Location: Southbound Interstate 55, milepost 25 to milepost 26

Date, time: Sept. 26, 7:15 a.m.

Person involved: Driver Allen E. Swenson, 73, Hutchison, Minn.

Assisting agencies: Lincoln Fire Department, Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District, Logan County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Transportation

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Narrative: Allen Swenson was southbound on Interstate 55, driving a 2012 Freightliner and towing a 2010 Great Dane trailer. An unknown object struck the fuel tank, causing a rupture. An estimated 30 gallons of fuel spilled onto the roadway. A single lane of the roadway was closed until cleanup operations were completed.

[Text from file received from Illinois State Police District 9]

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