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

Traffic was heavily impacted on North New Circle Road as Lexington police closed Interstate 75 northbound because of a tractor-trailer wreck at I-75 and North Broadway. Hazardous materials teams have been called to the scene as well on Friday January 10, 2014 in Lexington ,Ky.  Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Traffic was heavily impacted on North New Circle Road as Lexington police closed Interstate 75 northbound because of a tractor-trailer wreck at I-75 and North Broadway. Hazardous materials teams have been called to the scene as well on Friday January 10, 2014 in Lexington ,Ky. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald Leader

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.

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