UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: Authorities are continuing their work to identify what chemicals are leaking from more than 100 containers aboard the trailer of a semitrailer now parked on the right shoulder of I-70 East, just east of I-75, in Butler Twp.
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Brian Roweh, who said he was driving the big rig from Indianapolis to Freedom, Pa., for Neier Inc. of Indianapolis, said the manifest tells him there are more than 100 different containers on board that either are non-regulated industrial waste or regulated hazardous industrial waste.
"When I opened the door, I got a fact full of fumes," Roweh said, "then I quickly shut the door."
Roweh did not require any medical attention.
Trooper Lewis, with the Piqua District Commercial Enforcement Section of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the driver of a vehicle following the semitrailer called 911 when whatever was leaking from the trailer was splashing on that driver's windshield.
That call to 911 led to Roweh pulling off the interstate, Trooper Lewis said.
While no one knows yet exactly what's leaking, Trooper Lewis said the cargo includes flammable and corrosive liquids, some of which is eating out the side of the trailer or escaping under its rear doors.
Trooper Lewis said a HAZMAT crew from Indianapolis has been dispatched, as has a crew from the state Public Utilities Commission, which registers motor carriers and ensures they adhere to state and federal safety standards.
Interstate traffic is flowing on I-70 East, Trooper Lewis said.
Neier Inc., according to its website, is a transportation, hazmat carrier and industrial cleaning solutions company headquartered in Indianapolis.
Investigators have contained and are now working to identify a hazardous material that is leaking from a trailer on I-70, near I-75.
Fire crews were dispatched to I-70 East, near the I-75 interchange about 3:30 p.m. Monday on reports of a trailer leaking fluid.
Investigators said the trailer is hauling hazardous materials, but the source of the leak is not known. However, officials said it could be hours before the source is determined.
A Hazmat crew has been requested to help investigate.
State troopers and fire crews are blocking the right lane of I-70 East for the investigation.
No injuries have been reported.
We’ll update this page as new details become available.
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