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Three-truck crash closes Peace Road in DeKalb

Hazardous materials spilled on the roadway after a three-car accident at Peace Road and Macom Drive at about 11:45 a.m. today.
Hazardous materials spilled on the roadway after a three-car accident at Peace Road and Macom Drive at about 11:45 a.m. today.

DeKALB – Peace Road was closed from Route 38 to Fairview Drive on Thursday afternoon after a three-vehicle crash spilled about 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid on the road, authorities said.

DeKalb County Sheriff's Sgt. Van Bomar said a semitrailer was turning south onto Peace Road from Macom Drive with a green light about 11:30 a.m. when a semitrailer carrying grain south on Peace Road ran the red light. The semitrailer carrying grain also struck a box truck in the northbound lane of Peace Road.

The grain truck's driver - Cody Vickery, 20, of Golconda, Ill. - was charged with disobeying a traffic control device, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff's news release.

About 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid from a reservoir in the grain truck spilled on the road, but crews prevented it from seeping off the pavement, Assistant DeKalb Fire Chief Jeff McMaster said.

"When crews arrived they made a dam of gravel to prevent the fluid from flowing into the grass," McMaster said.

DeKalb Public Works employees helped spread sand to absorb the hydraulic fluid, before a city street-sweeping vehicle removed the sand. Peace Road opened at 2:50 p.m.

The drivers of the trucks were treated at the scene, with one sustaining non-life-threatening injuries, McMaster said, adding all three drivers declined to be taken to the emergency room.

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