TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Update: A drum of approximately 300 gallons of liquid Xylene Sulfonic Acid was punctured with a forklift around 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the 2000 block of 13th St. in Terre Haute.
According to Terre Haute Fire Department Chief Bill Berry, the spill occurred “inside the back of a semi-trailer and onto the ground in the white rock at this business.”
The business is noted as Central Transport by Terre Haute Fire Department Battalion Chief Fred Hamblen.
Berry also noted that initially, Lockport Rd. and 13th St. were shut down as a result of the incident and that THFD Hazmat Technicians and Firefighters responded.
The IDEM and State Fire Marchalls Office have been contacted and the chemical has been contained to the immediate area.
Berry confirmed there is no immediate danger to any residents near the area and that THFD will stay on scene until a clean-up crew arrives.
Update: The local hazmat team was called to the 2000 block of 13th St. in Terre Haute on Tuesday as a large tote carrying chemicals was punctured and led to a spill.
According to Terre Haute Fire Department Battalion Chief Fred Hamblen, the exact type of chemical that was spilled was unknown but will be identified as soon as possible.
“We got a call on a hazmat incident. It turned out a 330-gallon tote was punctured with full force and it was emptied out into the trailer and out on the ground surrounding it. We stabilized it for the time being,” Hamblen said.
Hamblen also noted that the THFD is waiting on the company involved in the spill, Central Transport, to send out cleaning crews.
Original: Local law enforcement has confirmed the presence of emergency crews including a hazmat team through the Terre Haute Fire Department at the area of 13th Street and Lockport Road.
According to Vigo County Dispatch, residents are asked to avoid the area and an investigation is ongoing.
Dispatch also noted that Voorhees and 13th Street were closed.
Updates will be added as more information becomes available.