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Multiple fatalities confirmed after Illinois crash involving semi-truck carrying ammonia

TEUTOPOLIS, IL (WTWO) – The Illinois State Police have announced multiple confirmed fatalities after a crash near Teutopolis involving multiple vehicles, including a semi-truck that was carrying anhydrous ammonia.

The crash also resulted in a leak of the hazardous material.

The incident took place just before 9:30 p.m., a release from the Illinois State Police (ISP) said. At the time, ISP confirmed “multiple fatalities.”

Kim Rhodes, the Effingham County Coroner, had later confirmed that five people, including two children, died as a result of Friday night’s crash and subsequent ammonia leak, Nexstar’s WCIA reported. Both children and one adult were confirmed to be from the same local family; the other fatalities involved victims from Missouri and Ohio.

Five other people were airlifted to nearby hospitals, including the driver of the truck that was carrying the ammonia, WCIA reported.

The surrounding area was since evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

“Due to the plume from the ammonia leak, people within an approximate one mile radius of the crash on U.S. Highway 40, including northeastern parts of Teutopolis, have been evacuated,” the ISP’s release stated.

Evacuation orders will remain in effect until Sunday, October 1, police said. U.S. Highway 40, between Teutopolis and Montrose, has also been closed.

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