U.S. 27 finally reopens in McCreary Co. after chemical spill

MCCREARY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Nearly 24 hours after a tractor trailer crashed and spilled hazardous material in Southern Kentucky a busy highway has reopened.

The crash happened late Thursday afternoon on US 27 in McCreary County, just outside Whitley City.

As of Friday morning, one lane of the highway remained closed as crews continue the cleanup.

The road was fully opened to traffic again around 4:00 p.m Friday afternoon.

The McCreary County sheriff tells us that the truck was trying to make a sharp turn when it flipped on its side. This caused the truck to spill hazardous material all over the roadway.

Investigators say the truck spilled sodium hydroxide solution. Hazmat units have been on scene since shortly after the crash to help with the cleanup. Several workers have been treated for coming in contact with the chemical.

The focus most of Friday afternoon was to remove the contaminated dirt, which will be taken to a landfill that is suited for these types of substances.

The sodium hydroxide substance is used to make paper but it also can cause blindness if exposed to the eyes.

Schools were closed in McCreary County on Friday due to traffic concerns with US 27 being closed.

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