From the Indiana State Police
Monday at approximately 9:39 p.m. officers from the Indiana State Police
responded to a single vehicle crash on I-65 near the 227 mile marker, in
which nitric acid was spilled onto the interstate.
preliminary crash investigation indicated that Larry Elsass, 57, Wapakoneta,
OH, was driving a 2007 Western Star semi-tractor southbound on I-65 near the
227 mile marker. The semi-tractor, which was pulling a tanker trailer
containing nitric acid, drove off the interstate and into the median.
semi-tractor jackknifed and came to rest on the driversí side.
Nitric acid was lost from the trailer.
Elsass and an Indiana State Trooper were checked for exposure to nitric acid
fumes. Both treated and released from a Crown Point hospital.
interstate was closed for approximately 14 hours while hazardous materials
teams from various fire departments and the Indiana Department of
Environmental Management cleaned up the spill, and helped upright the tanker
is an ongoing investigation, but at this time neither the use of alcohol nor
narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash. Elsass was
driving for Cessna Transport based in Kenton, OH.