One lane opens on I-70 near Terre Haute following chemical spill

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(UPDATE) 5:33 p.m. – State police said one lane of I-70 eastbound has reopened.

Restrictions will continue for the better part of 15 hours as hazardous materials crews try to clean up the site. State police said traffic will continue to be congested and diverted around the site.

(PREVIOUSLY) TERRE HAUTE – A semi-truck carrying hazardous materials rolled over in Vigo County, shutting down part of eastbound Interstate 40.

The truck overturned at the 10 mile marker near Indiana 46. Indiana State Police and the Terre Haute Fire Department responded to the crash. The truck dumped about 20 containers of hazardous chemicals, investigators said. Some of those containers leaked.

Investigators said there was no threat to area residents and no evacuations were ordered.

State police said the driver drifted off to the right side of the road and then overcorrected, hitting an electronic highway sign before the truck rolled over. The driver suffered only a minor hand injury, and was treated and released at an area hospital.

A hazardous material company from Indianapolis has been called to handle the spill. State police said the cleanup effort could take several hours.

Traffic is being diverted onto U.S. 40.

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