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PCSP: Two injured in propane tanker accident on Indiana 2; CFD responds

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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 Police said.

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 opposite direction.

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 upper arm.

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.



Posted 5/5/2017




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