I-29 opened after crash

JOURNAL STAFF | Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:00 pm

Update 6:15 p.m. Dec. 3

SERGEANT BLUFF | Southbound lanes of Interstate 29 are now open following an accident earlier today involving a semi-truck hauling argon gas canisters.

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Update

SERGEANT BLUFF | One lane of southbound Interstate 29 is now open, with the second lane expected to reopen by this evening.

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Our earlier story:

SERGEANT BLUFF | The southbound lanes of Interstate 29 will remain closed through 6 p.m. in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, officials said.

The lanes are closed while crews clear an overturned delivery truck carrying gas canisters. Officials had hoped to open the roadway at 5 p.m.

Harbor Drive, a city street just east of the interstate, will be closed for a short time while crews remove the truck.

Officials are most concerned that the argon gas inside the canisters could become volatile if depressurized, said Sergeant Bluff Fire Chief Anthony Gaul.

Police say the truck overturned when it hit or merged into a semitrailer.

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Our earlier story:

SERGEANT BLUFF | A truck driver was injured in a rollover accident on Interstate 29 in Sergeant Bluff on Tuesday, officials said. 

Woodbury County sheriff's Maj. Greg Stallman said a semi rear-ended a truck carrying welding materials.

The man driving the truck received minor injuries, but refused to get medical treatment. The woman driving the semi was uninjured, Stallman said.

More information about the drivers was not immediately available.

Woodbury County Emergency Services Manager Gary Brown said the truck was leaking amounts of argon gas and a safe zone was established around the accident. The southbound lanes of I-29 were closed at First Street in Sergeant Bluff as a precaution.

"We're going to have the interstate closed probably until 5 p.m. hopefully it won't impact the northbound" he said. "It depends on the wind. We have to have a safe zone around the site."

Southbound traffic on I-29 is being redirected to State Highway 75.

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SERGEANT BLUFF | Southbound Interstate 29 at the Sioux Gateway Airport exit is closed following a truck accident.

An official says the southbound lanes of the freeway and nearby Harbor Drive, just west of the interstate, were closed so crews can empty tanks in a crashed truck.

Police vehicles blocked southbound traffic at the First Street exit. A police officer was directing the resulting traffic at Highway 75 and First Street.

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Our earlier story ... 

SERGEANT BLUFF | Hazmat crews are on the scene of semi-truck rollover on Interstate 29 near Sergeant Bluff. 

Southbound Interstate 29 and Harbor Drive into Sergeant Bluff are shut down. 

An Iowa state trooper says two semis struck one another and gas leaked. No injuries have been reported.

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* The driver of the semitrailer in this crash was incorrectly identified in an earlier edition of this story.