Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Barrington and Lake Zurich are demanding in a federal lawsuit that a Canadian trucking firm replace gear they say was ruined during cleanup of a hazardous chemical that spilled after a fiery crash last year.

Westbound Northwest Highway near Hart Road in Barrington was closed for three days while hazardous materials crews cleaned the area after a Xan Systems Inc. semitrailer truck rear-ended a pickup truck March 7, causing the chemical spill. 

The truck driver initially reported the substance that spilled was vegetable oil. Several hours later Xan Systems told officials it was methylene diphenyl diisocycanate. Barrington and Lake Zurich firefighters who worked the scene did not wear protective gear under belief they were handling vegetable oil.

Barrington and Lake Zurich seek more than $75,000 in damages to cover the equipment and cleanup costs.

“As a direct and proximate result of the gear and equipment exposure to methylene diphenyl diisocycanate, the gear and equipment were rendered unusable and without value,” according to the lawsuit.