On June 14, 2019, a crash involving two semi-trucks led to mandatory evacuations in Tipton County over concern about a hydrochloric acid spill. The collision occurred on the railroad tracks at County Road 100 S and U.S. 31 northbound just north of State Road 28 around 5:30 A.M. An ISP truck carrying hydrochloric acid had stopped at the railroad tracks when another truck collided with it, both of the drivers suffered only minor injuries. The spill was significant enough to warrant evacuation from surrounding houses, the spill, which was a combination of diesel fuel and acid, damaged the surface of U.S. 31. The traffic is being diverted onto State Road 28 and southbound U.S. 31 remained open but would have periodic lane restrictions as workers from the Indiana Department of Transportation conduct mill work on the damaged road. The Tipton County Sherriff’s Department, Hamilton County Hazmat, Tipton County Hazmat, Tipton County EMA and Indiana State Police, and a representative from Norfolk and Southern Railroad came to the scene of the collision to assess the damage of the railroad, which was closed at the crash site due to the amount of debris. At about 9:00 a.m. the Indiana State Police indicated that there was no hazmat danger and the residents would be able to return to their homes.
Collisions between trucks can bring traffic to a standstill and cause major damage to vehicles and people alike. Collisions that leak dangerous chemicals onto the roadway in a residential neighborhood can cause damage to homes as well. If you or someone you know was injured or died through no fault of their own, please contact the experienced legal team at Schiller Law Offices at 888-578-3100 or at IndyInjured.com to learn more about your potential right to compensation.