UPDATE: Hazardous material spill appears to be from equipment malfunction; roads open

A equipment malfunction appears to the reason for a spill that closed roads for about five hours in Western Kenosha County near the Kenosha-Racine County.

Roads are now open and there is no longer any danger to the public, said a statement released by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department at about 4:15 p.m.

From the statement:

On 04-26-2017 at 10:32 AM Deputies along with the Town of Paris Fire Department were dispatched to a hazardous material incident in the 20900 block of 1st Street in the Town of Paris.  A pickup truck was eastbound on 1st Street and was hauling a trailer with 2 tanks containing Anhydrous Ammonia.  While in transit a valve on the tank trailer malfunctioned which resulted in the release of the tank contents.The operator of the truck was able to safely evacuate the area prior to emergency responder’s arrival.  He was transported to local hospital as a precaution and was not injured. Fire Departments from Somers, Salem, Union Grove and Pleasant Prairie assisted and the valve on the tanks was able to be closed ending the leak. Citizens in the area were notified through our notification system to shelter in place and close doors and windows. Roadways entering into the area were closed.  An elderly man in a home very close to the incident in Kenosha County was evacuated from his residence to his family who responded to the scene. The incident is under investigation but does appear to be an equipment malfunction.  The scene is clear and the equipment has been removed.  All roadways are open.  There is no longer any danger to the public. Anhydrous ammonia is a widely used source of nitrogen fertilizer in farming operations.

A WisDOT statement issued earlier on the incident said Highway 45 was closed in both directions from Highway 142 in Paris in Kenosha County to Highway 11 in Union Grove in Racine County.


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