State Police ask for public’s help in finding dark-colored vehicle potentially involved in crash causing anhydrous ammonia leak

Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 12:32 PM CDT
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TEUTOPOLIS (25News Now) - Illinois State Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying a vehicle potentially involved in a deadly tanker crash that left five people dead in Teutopolis on September 29.

Initial investigation shows that at around 8:35 p.m. that day, a dark-colored unknown make/model vehicle potentially involved in the crash traveled west through the intersection of US 40 and Spring Creek Road in Montrose.

State police say it was determined that the vehicle continued traveling through Teutopolis on US 40 and would have passed the semi-truck tanker.

State police agents are in Casey, Monrose and Teutopolis releveling surveillance video that could provide more information about the crash.

Anyone who has doorbell or security camera footage that may have video of the vehicle before or after the crash, or any information, is asked to call state police zone 8 investigations at 217-342-7881.

That crash spilled more than half of the tanker’s 7,500 fallen load of anhydrous ammonia, a chemical that can burn or corrode organic tissue.

Farmers use the chemical to add nitrogen fertilizer to soil and it acts as a refrigerant in the cooling systems of large buildings such as warehouses and factories.