Homes evacuated after tanker truck spill in Indiana

Hazmat crews called to the scene

CONNERSVILLE, Ind. - At least 10 homes were evacuated early Tuesday after a tanker truck overturned near Connersville, according to Fayette County officials.

The crash was reported about 7 a.m. on State Road 44 near Gray Road when a Reclaimed Energy tanker veered off the road and rolled, overturning into a nearby homeowner's yard.

Officials said the tanker was carrying 6,000 gallons of paint thinner and at least 1,000 gallons of the solvent spilled on the road.

Hazmat crews were called to the scene and Fayette County officials alerted residents about the spill before shutting down S.R. 44. .

The truck driver was not seriously injured, but he was taken to the hospital as a precaution. 

As crews worked to clear the scene, Fayette County officials said S.R. 44 would likely remain closed for most of the day and residents were expected to be able to return to their homes by Tuesday evening.

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