Around 75 gallons of pesticide spilled after a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a tree in North Barrington, police said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 2:25 p.m. Tuesday to a single-vehicle crash in the 100 block of Carriage Road in North Barrington.
Police found a 2007 Ford Truck, which was hauling a pesticide, involved in the crash. The container holding the pesticide leaked, spilling around 75 gallons onto the ground, Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.
Covelli said that a preliminary investigation showed the driver of the truck, a 27-year-old Alsip man, fell asleep while driving. The truck drove off the roadway and struck a tree.
The man was working for a mosquito abatement company and driving a company vehicle, Covelli said.
The pesticide did not go airborne and fire department officials determined there was not a risk to the community in the immediate area.
The mosquito abatement company contacted an environmental service to clean the spilled chemicals, Covelli added.
The driver of the Ford was uninjured and Carriage Road was partially blocked while crews cleaned the spill.