Crash Causes Hydrochloric Acid Leak In Tipton County
TIPTON COUNTY, Ind. -- A crash involving a semi and a tanker truck on US 31 just north of State Road 28 in Tipton County caused a leak of hydrochloric acid early Friday morning.
According to ISP Sgt. Tony Slocum, the tanker was stopped at a railroad crossing on northbound US 31 when it was rear-ended by a Fed Ex truck, causing 4,000 gallons of acid to leak from the tanker.
Slocum said the two drivers involved have only minor injuries.
Residents in near by homes were asked to evacuate while hazmat workers contained the leak.
Hydrochloric acid is a corrosive chemical that can cause severe skin damage anyone comes into contact with it without proper protection.
As of 8:30 a.m., both lanes of northbound US 31 are closed and one lane of southbound US 31 is closed for cleanup.
BREAKING: Officials confirm that Titpton Co. residents are being evacuated after a crash on US 31 (north of IN-28) leads to a hydrochloric acid leak. Unknown if there are any injuries from this hazmat situation, and all NB US 31 traffic has to take the IN-28 exit. #NewsTracker pic.twitter.com/fGiwPzNajC
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