State Road 32 closure could last up to 8 hours after tanker crash; power outage planned

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WESTFIELD (Aug. 14, 2014) – Fire officials expect State Road 32 to stay closed for several hours after a tanker truck crashed Thursday morning.

The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. Westfield Fire Chief Joe Lyons said the incident would close State Road 32 from Spring Mill Road on the east and Ditch Road to the west. It will take crews several hours to clean up and get the truck upright.

A spokeswoman for Westfield said power would be cut off near the accident site at 12:30 p.m. The outage will affect Maple Glen Elementary School, and school officials have been notified. The outage, which is expected to last about an hour, is necessary to clean up the crash scene.

City officials said the truck was trying to avoid a crash by turning onto Casey Road when it overturned. The tanker is resting on the support beam of a utility pole and isn’t leaking fuel. The tank has to be drained before it’s removed. The driver was not hurt.

According to Lyons, the truck was loaded with 7,500 gallons of fuel. The closure is expected to last up to eight hours while crews move the truck and secure the utility pole.