Chemical Spill Stretching From TwinBridges to Robards Shuts Down Interstate

Henderson, KY 9/2/21- (10:45PM) The Henderson County Sheriffs Office is on the scene of a chemical leak on Interstate 69 (southbound) near mile marker 146. Officials are reporting a semi has leaked an unknown material on I-69 in the southbound lanes from the Twin Bridges almost extending to Robards near mile marker 146.

Robards Fire Department, Niagara Fire Department, Henderson City-County Rescue Squad, Henderson Police Department and Henderson EMA are assisting the sheriffs office with this incident.

Fire department officials tell us the chemical is Sodium Hydroxide and estimate approximately 200 gallons was lost while the driver was driving down the road unaware.

Updates will be attached BELOW as we receive them.

Henderson, KY 9/3/21- UPDATE: 12:30AM. Interstate 69 from the Cloverleaf to mile marker 146 (including the 425 southbound ramp and southbound 2nd Street ramp) are closed at this time. Traffic is being diverted onto Green Street.

UPDATE: 01:45AM. Officials estimating Interstate 69 will be shut down until at least 6AM. Currently all southbound lanes are shut down from Watson Lane (including all southbound access points) to mile marker 146. Officials hope to open one lane once they get barrels in place.

UPDATE: 02:05AM. The Henderson Police Department is reporting they have units on the scene of a major chemical spill that affects a large portion of Highway 41 southbound through the city, more specifically, “the 41 strip”.

The spill was caused by a commercial vehicle traveling southbound which has been stopped and the leak has been contained. Southbound traffic, starting at the base of the twins bridges, all the way through the Highway 425 exit on I-69 have been completely shut down at this time and will continue for a least the next 6 to 8 hours.

Officials have hazmat crews on scene which have began clean up procedures, but at this time, that section of roadway is completely closed to all southbound traffic. This includes all traffic coming from Highway 60 onto southbound I-69.

Authorities advised they have every available resource on scene working diligently to clean the spill, but say it will take time. The Henderson Police ask that you please plan an alternate route if you are impacted by this road closure and also ask that you do not call our 911 communications center or police headquarters with complaints about this incident as they are aware of the impact this may have with traffic over the next few hours.

Below is the only detour route we have at this time and we strongly encourage southbound commuters to please find alternate routes this morning if possible. We will have more updates when more information is available.

DETOUR ROUTE

  • Right turn onto Stratman Road to Sunset Lane,
  • South on Sunset Lane to N Elm Street,
  • South on North Elm Street to 14th Street,
  • East on 14th Street to Green Street,
  • South on Green Street to HWY 425,
  • East on HWY 425 to HWY 41,
  • South on HWY 41 to HWY 416,
  • East on HWY 416 to I-69 South

-HCWatchNews

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