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Crews clean up hazmat spill at Fremont truck stop


STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA21) — A portion of the I-69 Toll Road was closed for several hours this morning following a hazmat spill at a Fremont truck stop.

Steuben County EMA Director Randy Brown said the spill happened at the Pilot Truck Stop at 6900 Old U.S. 27, shortly before 7 a.m.

911 was contacted and Fremont Fire Department and Steuben EMA were dispatched.

Upon Fremont Fire's arrival, they found a tanker truck that was leaking from a valve with several gallons of nitrate acid on the ground.

The chemical had eaten away the bolts on the valve, causing the valve to completely give out.

Brown says 6,000 gallons of nitrate acid poured out, causing a gas plume that was extremely hazardous. 

The acid also poured down the truck stop's driveway and into a ditch on the west side I-69, just north of the toll road, resulting in multiple shutdowns in the area until about 2 p.m.

Fremont Fire applied several truckloads of powdered lime that neutralized the acid, according to Brown. 

Fremont Fire, Angola Fire, Steuben EMS, Steuben EMA, Steuben Sheriff’s office, Steuben County Communications, National Weather Service North Webster, Fremont PD, ISP, Indiana Toll Road Crew, INDOT, IDEM, MDOT, MSP, Pilot mgmt, all assisted during this event.

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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