Two-Semi Crash Prompts Police To Evacuate Nearby Residents

Tipton County, Indiana – A two-semi crash involving a tanker hauling hydrochloric acid prompted police and emergency responders to evacuate nearby residences along U.S. 31 on Friday.

According to Indiana State Patrol (ISP), officers responded to a crash involving two semis at approximately 5:30 a.m. on U.S. 31 at County 100 South.

ISP reported Justin Walker, 38, Louisville, KY was driving a 2019 Freightliner and hauling hydrochloric acid northbound on U.S. 31 near County Road 100 South.


Following Walker was FedEx driver Stephen Emery, 29, Peru, IN, who was operating a 2019 Volvo and pulling doubles.

ISP said Walker stopped for a set of railroad tracks, as required by law, because he was hauling hazardous material.

Emery did not stop and rear-ended the tanker trailer, according to investigators.

A hole was punctured in the tanker and approximately 4,000 pounds of hydrochloric acid leaked onto the roadway, according to ISP.

Police evacuated nearby residents after a FedEx truck driver failed to stop and rear-ended a tanker hauling hydrochloric acid along U.S. 31 northbound on Friday, June 14. (Courtesy of ISP)

Officials said in an “abundance of caution” they evacuated residents from approximately six homes nearby the scene.

ISP said acid combined with spilled diesel fuel damaged the roadway.

A portion of U.S. 31 was closed for an extended period of time as crews worked to clear the wreckage and repair the roadway.

No area residents nor first responders suffered any injuries, according to ISP.


Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

Walker was driving for Reagent Chemical Research Incorporated based in Port Author, Texas, according to ISP.

Investigators said neither the consumption of alcoholic beverages nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to the crash.

However, ISP said its investigation is ongoing.



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