Chemical spill leads to Crystal Lake, Barrington road closures

Eastgate Road between Factory and Commercial Roads in Crystal Lake remains closed

H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com A worker Crews SET Environmental, Inc. of Milwaukee clears contaminated soil after a spill of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a chemical used in polyurethane production after a crash Tuesday night at Route 14 at Hart Road in Barrington. Both the semi and pickup truck involved in the crash were towed from the scene to Whitey’s Towing at 710 Eastgate Road in Crystal Lake where a second clean up site closed Eastgate Road between Factory Road and Commercial Road. (H. Rick Bamman)

CRYSTAL LAKE – Part of Eastgate Road in Crystal Lake will likely remain closed for cleanup from a chemical spill through Friday – and possibly longer – after a semi-truck crash earlier this week, authorities said Thursday.

Westbound Route 14 at Hart Road in Barrington will remain closed through the evening. Officials plan to open at least one lane overnight into Friday morning, according to a news release.

The spill happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when the semi collided with a pickup truck at Route 14 and Hart Road in Barrington. The semi caught fire and the product leaked onto the ground and shoulder at the scene of the crash, officials said.

Crews were originally told the substance was vegetable oil but found out the next day it was methylene diphenle diisocycanate, a chemical used in polyurethane production. The chemical can be an allergen and an irritant, officials said.

Eastgate Road in Crystal Lake is closed between Factory Road and Commercial Road for cleanup.

PHOTOS: Chemical spill leads to Crystal Lake, Barrington road closures

Both the semi and pickup truck involved in the crash were towed from the scene to Whitey’s Towing at 710 Eastgate Road in Crystal Lake before officials knew the substance was a chemical, which is when the asphalt became contaminated.

Some business in the area, such as True Home Exteriors also are closed. Properties at 6096 Commercial St. and 6105 Factory Road also are closed, authorities said.

There is “no risk to public drinking water supply, to area surface water, or to the public,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Duty Officer George Krebs said. “The impact has not migrated outside the containment zone. There is no immediate risk, no warnings and no advisories.”

It is unknown when Eastgate Road will open but the road and businesses affected will likely stay closed through Friday and possibly longer, Barrington spokeswoman Patty Dowd Schmitz said.

"Due to the nature of what we are dealing with, it's a time-intensive process," she said. "Right now, it's closed until further notice."

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