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ISP: Hazmat spill at Chesterton toll plaza

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A Porter County Environmental Department haz-mat team responded to a chemical spill on Wednesday at the Indiana Toll Road’s Chesterton Plaza, the Indiana State Police said.

According to police, at 5:45 p.m. an ISP trooper conducted a random hazardous-material inspection at the plaza on a truck driven by James C. Rommen, 42, of Aurora, Ill.

During the inspection the trooper discovered a 55-gallon drum of a laundry destainer--hypochlorite solution--which had been punctured, police said.

“It was also learned that Rommen was aware of the leak and had laid the drum on its side,” police said. “This caused the liquid inside the drum to further leak out.”

Hypochlorite solution can cause severe skin burns and eye damage.

Rommen--driving for Pitt Ohio Express LLC of Pittsburgh, Pa.--was issued a citation for no shipping papers for a corrosive liquid and for a leaking load, police said.

The right lane and shoulder were closed for more than two hours for cleanup.



Posted 4/9/2014