Hazardous Material Spill sends One Trooper and Three Drivers to Evansville Hospital


This morning at approximately 9:18, Indiana State Police responded to an incident on SR66 east of Epworth Road involving a 2019 Peterbilt tractor and trailer that had leaked an unknown substance onto three other vehicles. When Senior Trooper Seth Rainey arrived he noticed the material that leaked from the tractor-trailer was hazardous and that the material was on the roadway and on several vehicles. Due to the material being hazardous, Ohio Township Fire Department and Warrick EMS was dispatched to the scene and all eastbound lanes on SR 66 between Epworth and Grimm Road were closed. Eventually all lanes between Epworth and Grimm were closed while crews prepared to move the tractor-trailer. All lanes were re-opened at 2:50 p.m.

The chemical involved was Nitriles Liquid Toxic (Polyamide Oligomers). Three drivers and Trooper Rainey were decontaminated at the scene by fire department personnel before being transported to St. Vincent Hospital for precautionary measures. The driver of the semi was not treated. The owner of the tractor-trailer is Time Dedicated Carriers, Rockport, IN.

Important Note: Anyone that may have had physical contact with this liquid chemical is encouraged to seek medical attention. Exposure is not life threatening. If you traveled through the spill site and notice an unknown substance on your vehicle we encourage you to contact:

Joe Carol, Chem Group, Evansville, IN at 812-305-8476

Investigating Agency: Indiana State Police

Assisting Agencies: Warrick County Sheriff’s Department, Ohio Township FD, Newburgh FD,

Boonville FD, Scott Twp. FD, and Warrick EMS.