A semi-tanker hauling liquid sugar overturned on Tuesday on Ind. 49, the
Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department said.
The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Ind. 49, just
north of the U.S. Highway 6 exit, Fire Chief Brian Duncan told the
Chesterton Tribune today. It’s unclear what exactly happened, however,
as the trucker—whose name was not available—didn’t recall the events leading
to the crash.
After leaving the roadway to the west, the tanker rolled over into a small
creek out of sight of the road, Duncan said. None of its load of liquid
sugar—en route to the Breyers Ice Cream plant in Huntington, Ind.—was lost
but, as a precaution, a haz-mat team with the Porter County Environmental
Department was dispatched to the scene.
The trucker himself sustained a small cut to the face but refused treatment,
It took approximately five hours for the liquid sugar to be offloaded to
another tanker. A contractor was hired for the operation, which involved
cutting a hole in the tanker, inserting a hose, and pumping out the sugar.
The LTVFD then provided a couple of hundred gallons of water to dilute the
rest of the sugar still in the tanker, Duncan said.
The LTVFD cleared the scene at 6:30 p.m.
The crash, as it happens, was just the first call in what proved to be a
busy day on Tuesday, Duncan added. Later in the day, the LTVFD provided
assistance at a structure fire in Washington Township and then at one in
The LTVFD also assisted the Portage Fire Department on Monday at the
National Transmission blaze at 5475 U.S. 6.
“Tuesday was a crazy day in a crazy week,” Duncan said.