Chesterton Tribune



Latex tanker rolls in Travel America lot

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A trucker rolled his tanker rig on Saturday in the Travel America North parking lot, the Porter Fire Department said.

Fire Chief Lewis Craig told the Chesterton Tribune today that the trucker--hauling 40,000 pounds of latex--missed his light at Worthington Drive and attempted to make a U-turn in the TA parking lot. Except he failed to see a ditch, Craig said.

The tanker slipped into the ditch, then overturned.

There was no rupture of the tank but for a small leak at the top, prompting Craig to order the latex be offloaded into another tanker before the rig could be righted.

The trucker himself--driving for an Ontario, Canada firm--escaped injury.

Travel on U.S. Highway 20 was restricted for more than five hours, Craig said.

The PFD cleared the scene at 3:33 a.m.

Posted 4/28/2014