A shelter-in-place order has been issued in the areas near a section of Interstate 95 in New Castle County, Delaware due to a vehicle crash involving hazardous chemical waste. One of the vehicles was hauling the hazardous chemical and now needs to be burned. Tuesday morning, a pickup truck hauling a trailer crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer near Airport Road and the I-295 split. Northbound lanes were initially closed, but now both directions on I-95, and Route 141 over I-95 are closed. The pick up driver was hauling a load of organic peroxide, an organic chemical, according to NBC 10.
The closure has now extended into the afternoon and is still under clean-up as the crew burns away the chemicals. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued a shelter-in-place order for a 1/2 mile radius around the crash scene, affecting both homes and businesses. The DNREC started to burn away the peroxide, so that there would be no further threat to public health or the environment. For a live traffic helicopter view click here.
This is a developing story and it is unclear as to how long the closures will last.