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.