Oil tanker leaks 6,000 gallons of nitric acid at Fremont truck stop

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FREMONT, Indiana (WANE) – Interstate 69 was closed in Steuben County and southern Michigan due to a hazardous material spill at a Fremont truck stop on Tuesday. The highway has since reopened.

Indiana Department of Transportation tweeted traffic alert just after 10 a.m.

Steuben County EMA director Randy Brown told WANE 15 that a semi-tanker lost 6,000 gallons of liquid nitric acid at the Pilot Truck Stop in Fremont when a valve broke.

Brown said the chemical was leaking from the gas station’s pumps and heading into a ditch along the highway.

Northbound lanes of the freeway were closed at the 354 mile northbound post, and southbound lanes were closed at the 3 mile post in Branch County, Michigan. The highway has reopened.

The old US 27 was also closed at SR 120, and the secondary roads nearby were also.

Crews apply lime to a chemical spill off Interstate 69 on September 14, 2021.

Brown said the county was working with IDEM on a cleanup effort. Lime was applied to the liquid in the ditch, which was dyked, Brown said.

The gas station was closed during the cleanup, but has since reopened.

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