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'Multiple' people dead after truck crash and ammonia leak lead to evacuation in Illinois

Posted on AllSides September 30th, 2023
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Multiple people are dead after a crash involving several vehicles and a semi-truck carrying anhydrous ammonia led to a toxic leak and a subsequent evacuation in south central Illinois Friday, according to police. Illinois State Police were notified of a crash on U.S. Highway 40 about half a mile east of Teutopolis in Effingham County at around 9:25 p.m. C.T. The semi-truck carrying anhydrous ammonia began leaking after rolling over in a ditch, officials said. Anhydrous ammonia is a flammable, "colorless, highly irritating gas with a pungent, suffocating odor," according...

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