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Highway in Indiana, Michigan reopens after chemical spill

Highway in Indiana, Michigan reopens after chemical spill
A tanker truck carrying nitrous acid has leaked, causing an emergency in Freemont, Ind.
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Updated 5 p.m. CDT, Sept. 14, 2021

FREMONT, Ind. — A highway in northeastern Indiana and southern Michigan reopened Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 14, after a chemical leak forced its closure.

Interstate 69 in Steuben County and adjacent southern Michigan has reopened, Indiana State Police said. The only area that remained closed was the southbound ramp of I-69 to Baker Road.

A tanker truck leaked about 6,000 gallons of liquid nitric acid after a valve broke at a truck stop in Fremont, Indiana, Steuben County Emergency Management Director Randy Brown told WANE-TV.

Interstate 69 in both states was shut down about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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Brown said the chemical flowed into a ditch along the highway. Lime was being applied to the liquid in the ditch.

Some nearby side roads also were closed temporarily.

From 10:18 a.m. CDT, Sept. 14, 2021:

FREMONT, Ind. — A chemical leak has forced the closure of a highway in northeastern Indiana and southern Michigan.

A tanker truck leaked about 6,000 gallons of liquid nitrous acid after a valve broke at a Pilot Truck Stop in Fremont, Indiana, Steuben County Emergency Management Director Randy Brown told  WANE-TV.

Interstate 69 in both states was shut down at mile marker 356 about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Brown said the chemical poured into a ditch along the highway. Lime was being applied to the liquid in the ditch.

Some nearby side roads also were closed.

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