EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A chemical spill on the Lloyd Expressway near the county line shut down traffic for hours on Monday.
Indiana State Police responded to a tractor-trailer that leaked an unknown substance onto three vehicles around 9:15 a.m.
The brown-orange bleach-like substance had leaked onto the road and onto several cars, ISP said.
Drivers reported to police the substance spewed from the top of the tank.
Emergency crews including hazmat were dispatched to the scene at SR 66 between Epworth and Grimm Rd.
The chemical which leaked is Nitriles Liquid Toxic (Polyamide Oligomers).
White fumes rolled out of the tank into the afternoon. Authorities stood by without gas masks as it vented.
Hazmat officials say the substance is not a threat to health by inhalation, but it can be dangerous if it gets on the skin.
ISP said there is no reason for people in the area to be worried.
Eventually, all lanes of the Lloyd were closed so crews could move the truck. Lanes were reopened before 3 p.m.
Three drivers and an Indiana State Police Trooper were decontaminated at the scene before being sent to St. Vincent as a precaution.
According to ISP, they have no injuries are will be released from the hospital.
The driver of the semi was not treated.
The truck is operated by Time Dedicated Carriers based in Rockport, Ind.
A man who answered the phone at Time DC Inc. on Monday did not know how or why the leak happened.
Investigators are still working to confirm what caused the spill.
Anyone who may have had contact with the liquid chemical is encouraged to seek medical attention. Exposure is not life-threatening, ISP said.
If you drove through the spill and noticed a substance on your vehicle, ISP said to contact Joe Carol at 812-305-8476.
Update (12:39 p.m.)
The eastbound and westbound lanes of SR 66 between Epworth and Grimm have closed once again.
Update (11:46 a.m.)
Crews are still on the scene at SR 66, but two lanes are now open.
NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) – Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Ringle says SR 66 at Epworth Rd. is currently closed due to a hazardous material spill.
The exit from I-69 onto the eastbound Lloyd Expressway is also closed.
ISP is asking drivers to avoid the area.
Emergency crews are on the scene.
(This story was originally published on August 12, 2019)