SR 144 reopens in Johnson County after chemical spill causes hazmat situation

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Update: All lanes are back open as of 11 a.m.

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – State Road 144 closed Wednesday morning at State Road 37 in Johnson County due to a “large, serious hazmat situation.”

Johnson County dispatch says there was a chemical spill on State Road 144 at State Road 37 near Waverly, Indiana just after 7:30 a.m. According to Bargersville Fire Chief Jason Ramey, a driver called around 7:20 a.m. after noticing a semi truck leaking liquid as it was going down the road.

The truck spilled an estimated 250 gallons of phosphoric acid that leaked into a ditch along the road. Hazmat crews were working to soak up the chemical and contacted a chemical cleanup company to assist in the effort.

Crews could remain at the scene for several hours to test the surrounding soil for contamination, Ramey said. One lane of the road has been opened.