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[ISP] Hazardous Chemical Spill Closes Ramp
Start Date: 2/23/2012
End Date: 2/23/2012
Entry Description

Vigo County—This morning at 7:20AM, Indiana State Police Troopers, Terre Haute Fire and Police Departments, and Vigo County Emergency Management officials, all responded to a reported chemical spill near the eastbound on-ramp of Interstate 70 at US 41.

Preliminary investigation found the driver of a truck pulling a flatbed trailer was northbound on US 41 and attempted a right turn onto the eastbound ramp of Interstate 70. In doing so, two 55 gallon plastic containers of hydrochloric acid fell onto the pavement. One of the containers began leaking and spilled approximately 15-20 gallons of the hazardous chemical onto the pavement, before being contained by members of the Terre Haute Fire Department. There were no injuries reported by anyone associated with the spill.

The truck and trailer were owned by Veolia Environmental Services of Huber Heights, Ohio. The driver was Lee John Ezell, age 57, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

A commercial motor vehicle inspection was conducted by Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Mark Overpeck and Ezell was cited and released for a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Violation of Transporting Loose Cargo. No other defects were found with the driver or the vehicle combination.

Foxfire Environmental Services from Shelburn, Indiana was contracted to clean-up the spill.

Contact Information:
Name: Sergeant Joe Watts
Phone: (765) 653-4114
Email: jwatts@isp.in.gov
2012-02-23 Chemical Spill
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