|WCSI Local News|
Two people suffered non-life threatening injuries after the minivan they were in struck a semi trailer at the on-ramp of the northbound I-65 rest area in Columbus Monday.
Columbus Fire Department spokesman Capt. Michael Wilson says around 6:50 p.m., the northbound truck jackknifed when entering the ramp of the rest area causing the minivan, which was also entering the rest area, to strike the rear of the trailer. Two passengers in the minivan were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment.
Wilson says the semi's fuel tank was ruptured as a result of the jackknife. German Township Fire Chief Robert Drake, whose department generally responds to the rest park, stated that his department was responding to the Heritage Heights trailer park on a medical call when the accident occurred.
The Columbus Township Fire Department responded as mutual aid to the incident. Columbus Township Fire Chief Rodney Ferrenburg estimated that 50 to 75 gallons of diesel fuel had leaked from the semi's tank.
Indiana State Police Trooper David Owsley, who is also a Hazardous Materials Technician, was one of the first arriving responders. Trooper Owsley was able to plug the leak by using a bar of soap he obtained from the semi driver.
Columbus Fire Department Squad 2, a hazardous response vehicle, was also called to the scene to provide additional containment materials.
During the incident at the 72.5 mile marker, a slide off was reported at the 71.5 mile marker according to German Township Chief Robert Drake.
The driver and a passenger in the semi were uninjured.
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 07, 2014 6:09:36 AM
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