A 25-mile stretch of Interstate 70 near Topeka, KS was closed on Monday, July 25, 2011 after the police received reports of hazardous materials located inside a truck travelling on the highway.
The incident actually started earlier in the day when 911 received a call reporting hazardous materials left in a room at the Ramada Inn at 1133 S. Washington in Junction City, KS. The caller, Christopher Spence, 50, of Conway, AR, admitted that he intentionally left the hazardous materials in the room. Authorities evacuated the motel and managed to track Spence’s truck, a green vehicle with anti-government slogans on it, to a stretch of highway near mile marker 346.
Police stopped the truck and took Spence into custody then called the FBI as well as local bomb and hazardous materials officers to the scene. The east and westbound lanes, from Auburn Road in Shawnee County to K-99 in Wabaunsee County were closed from about 1:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The shutdown caused traffic to back up for miles but luckily there were no accidents.
Authorities found something in the truck but they can’t say what the material was. However, according to the preliminary test results, the materials were not explosives. At this time it’s not clear why Spence left the materials in the Ramada Inn or where he was headed with the rest of the materials.
This shut down was the first of two on the same stretch of road during the week of July 24, 2011.
Metier Law Firm – Denver Accident Attorneys