Detour lifted after Thruway chemical spill in Rotterdam

WNYT Staff
Updated: August 31, 2020 06:35 PM
Created: August 31, 2020 05:35 AM

ROTTERDAM - Things are getting back to normal on the Thruway after a chemical spill Monday morning.

It was quite the sight in that area for a while on Monday. All of a sudden, the westbound lanes of the Thruway looked like a red dirt road.


Police have said the chemical was iron oxide and is hazardous if you have direct continuous contact with it.

They say the public is not in danger.   

Crews were sweeping it up and the state Department of Environmental Conservation was on scene.

It's still unclear how the spill happened. NewsChannel 13 heard a tractor trailer involved was tracked down in Amsterdam.

As you headed to Exit 30, you could see the trail of orange all along I-90.   

We eventually found the truck with red powder on it on Park Street in Amsterdam.

State police were on scene along with the Amsterdam Fire Department.

Police did not say how the truck was damaged or why the driver kept going all the way to Amsterdam.

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