UPDATE: Highway 151/61 reopened after tanker overturns
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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -
Highway 151/61 near Dubuque has been reopened after a tanker over turned Monday morning. The Dubuque County Sheriff's office says the highway reopened Tuesday morning at 4:00 a.m.
Crews are responding to an overturned tanker leaking a highly-flammable liquid on U.S. Highway 151/61 in Dubuque County.
On Monday morning, for reasons yet unknown, a tanker carrying approximately 40,000 pounds - or 5,000 to 5,500 gallons - of ethyl acetate, a highly flammable liquid, overturned.
Dubuque Fire Chief Dan Brown says somehow the fully-loaded trailer disconnected from the tractor.
The driver was uninjured, but there is a slow leak of ethyl acetate crews are trying to contain. The hazmat team is on scene.
Brown said the plan is to bring an empty tanker on the scene and fill that with the overturned tanker's liquid cargo.
The scene is at the Highway 151 overpass, between Dubuque and the Dubuque Regional Airport. Traffic is being diverted.
Brown said the scene will likely continue to be active through early- to mid-afternoon and advises drivers avoid the area.
Responding crews include Dubuque Fire, Epworth Fire, the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and Iowa State Patrol.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, ethyl acetate is highly flammable. A leak is taken very seriously and must be handled with utmost caution, especially when it comes to avoiding sparks.
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