Firefighters work to contain an acid leak from the trailer of a semi-truck westbound on Interstate 90 east of Route 23 near Marengo Monday afternoon. | Photo Submitted to Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A semi-truck hauling pallets of vehicle batteries had its load shift, causing the batteries to become damaged and leak acid onto Interstate 90 near Marengo Monday afternoon.

The Hampshire Fire Protection District and Pingree Grove Fire Protection District responded around 2:35 p.m. Monday to the area of Interstate 90 east of Route 23 near Marengo for a hazardous materials incident.

Hampshire Fire Protection District Chief Trevor Herrmann said a semi-truck-tractor trailer was traveling westbound on Interstate 90 near the 38.5 mile marker.

The semi-truck, which was carrying pallets of vehicle batteries, made an abrupt stop.

Herrmann said the pallets shifted and the shift caused damage to a pallet of batteries.

Acid leaked from the batteries and out of the trailer onto the highway.

Fire department personnel contained the leak using a spill pool to catch the leaking acid, Herrmann said.

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Firefighters then used sand to absorb the acid spilled onto the road.

An Illinois State Police spokesperson said no injuries were reported and there was no lane blockage during the incident.

The semi-truck was moved to a crash investigation site so a company could properly clean up the acid, Herrmann said.