A propane tanker overturned in a two-vehicle accident on Ind. 2 in
Washington Township on Thursday which left both drivers injured and forced
the closure of Ind. 2 for more than eight hours, the Porter County Sheriff’s
According to police, at 4:51 p.m. Robert Garrett, 30, of LaPorte, was
southwest on Ind. 2, in the area of C.R. 400N, when his 2003 Toyota Corolla
crossed the center line and collided with a cargo tanker traveling in the
Garrett--who was subsequently issued a citation for driving left of center
and driving while suspended--was extricated from his Toyota and airlifted to
Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., with incapacitating
injuries to his arm and upper leg, police said.
The tanker, meanwhile, overturned, trapping the driver, Phillip Hannon, 66,
of LaPorte inside, and leaking an unspecified amount of propane. Police said
that Hannon was forced to remain inside his cab until a hazardous materials
team deemed the scene safe, at which time he was extricated and transported
to Porter Regional Hospital with incapacitating injuries to his shoulder and
Ind. 2 was closed for more than eight hours, police said.
Also responding was the Chesterton Fire Department, which at 7:34 p.m.
dispatched a tanker to the scene as a precaution while the propane in the
overturned tanker was offloaded to a different tanker, CFD Lt. Steve Himan
told the Chesterton Tribune this morning. The CFD cleared the scene
at 11:10 p.m.