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Talcum powder spill closes part of highway in western Montana

The driver was not hurt, and will be cited for the crash
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Posted at 12:28 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 14:31:43-04

MISSOULA — The Montana Highway Patrol has confirmed that a hazardous spill that has closed a section of I-90 near St. Regis is talcum powder.

MHP Sergeant Sean Finley tells MTN News that a semi-truck from Montana was traveling west on Interstate 90 near mile marker 26 around a curve when the load on the trailer shifted.

The trailer then flipped, spilling large bags of talcum powder onto the eastbound lanes of I-90 with at least two inches of talcum powder spilling onto the highway.

Sgt. Finley says that it’s considered hazardous when the talcum powder is airborne and a person breathes it in.

A cleanup crew arrived on the scene shortly after 10 a.m. with vacuums to clean up up the spill.

As of 11:00 a.m, both eastbound lanes of I-90 were closed, while one westbound lane is open.

MHP is investigating to determine if speed was a factor in the accident.

The driver was not hurt, and will be cited for the crash, according to Sgt. Finley.