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I-80 in eastern Nevada back open after Haz-Mat spill

A tanker carrying a hazardous material spilled on I-80 east of Elko on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2017 (Photo courtesy Nevada Highway Patrol)

Interstate 80 is back open in eastern Nevada after authorities closed it for a hazardous material spill on Wednesday, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.

Trooper Jim Stewart said in a statement that a truck hauling the chemical Ammonium Bisulfite was heading west on I-80 about 20 miles east of Elko around 5:25 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.

The driver admitted to falling asleep, according to Stewart, and the truck drove into the median, where the trailer separated and rolled over.

The driver did not report any injuries, but the trailer carrying the Ammonium Bisulfite was breached, resulting in the chemical spilling onto the interstate and dirt shoulder.

Ammonium Bisulfite is considered a hazard for breathing, Stewart said, and the interstate was closed in both directions. The westbound lanes opened at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the eastbound lanes at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

The company that processed and cleaned the spill said about 3,100 gallons spilled onto the ground, while 1,000 gallons remained in the tank.

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