by Perry Miller
A hazardous material spill closes a section of Interstate 29 for about
four-and-a-half hours Thursday evening.
According to Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Olson, Brookings emergency
dispatch received a call from a motorist at about 5:00 p.m. with a report
of a fluid leaking from the enclosed box of a semi-trailer.
The Highway Patrol was able to stop the semi, about four miles south
of the Deuel County line. Olson says it was a flammable resin leaking
out of a 55-gallon drum that had tipped over.
The Brookings Fire Department was called to the scene and the northbound
lanes of the Interstate were closed. Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann says his
crew did a "fantastic job" keeping the highly flammable material out of the
soil. A Sioux Falls firm was brought in by the truck owner and the drum was
Olson says no one was hurt and the Interstate reopened at about
Brookings Ambulance and the Brookings County Sheriff's Department
also responded to the spill.