Police officer recovering from injuries; I-75 chemical spill is cleaned up

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comJanuary 10, 2014 

A chemical spill had been cleaned up and Interstate 75 was reopened by Saturday morning after a tractor-trailer collided with a police cruiser and overturned Friday, Lexington Fire Department spokesman Joe Best said.

Lexington police Lt. Mark Brand said Saturday that a police officer was recovering from his injuries after the accident. The officer was helping a driver whose vehicle was stopped on the on-ramp from North Broadway onto northbound I-75 when a tractor-trailer ran into the vehicles. The collision happened about 6 p.m. Friday.

The police officer and driver of the other vehicle were taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries. The tractor-trailer was carrying sodium hydrosulfide, which began to leak when it overturned, according to the Lexington's Emergency Management Facebook page. Sodium hydrosulfide is used in the leather tanning, pulp and paper, chemical, dye, and mineral extraction industries, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's website.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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