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Livestock feed spilled on highway after crash on Illinois 4 near Mascoutah

The intersection of Illinois 161 and Illinois 4 was closed Thursday morning from a crash involving two trucks hauling agricultural product at about 9:30 a.m. Mascoutah Police said the intersection would remain closed until the product and spilled fuel were cleaned up and the trucks towed away.
The intersection of Illinois 161 and Illinois 4 was closed Thursday morning from a crash involving two trucks hauling agricultural product at about 9:30 a.m. Mascoutah Police said the intersection would remain closed until the product and spilled fuel were cleaned up and the trucks towed away. mcooley@bnd.com

The intersection of Illinois 4 and Illinois 161 was closed for about four hours on Thursday after a crash caused a truck to spill brewer’s yeast all over the road.

Drivers of the two trucks involved in the crash near the intersection had minor injuries but refused medical treatment, Mascoutah Police said. The crash happened about 9:30 a.m.; Mascoutah Police Officer Cameron Rettig said the intersection was cleaned up and open at about 1 p.m.

Rettig said earlier that one semitrailer was traveling north on Illinois 4 and the other semitrailer was eastbound on Illinois 161 when they collided at the intersection. The force of the crash caused the agricultural product to pour into the cab of one truck and onto the side of the other truck’s trailer. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Police said the road would be closed until crews could clean the product and the trucks off the road.

Some diesel fuel from at least one of the semis had also leaked onto the intersection.

Illinois Department of Transportation crews, Mascoutah police and Mascoutah firefighters responded to the crash.

Reporter Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND
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