Tanker truck flips, leaks ethanol on I-69 near Muncie

A tanker truck carrying ethanol flipped in the median on I-69 near Muncie. (Photo Courtesy: Indiana State Police)

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A tanker crashed along Interstate 69 early Thursday.

Indiana State Police said a tanker truck flipped over in the median of the interstate around 1:20 a.m. Thursday at the 238 mile marker, three miles south of the Frankton and Muncie exit. The tanker began leaking ethanol.

The semi’s driver – 35-year-old Jacob Morrisett of Tipton – was not hurt.

As a precaution, police shut down the interstate at the request of hazmat crews. Officials believe several hundred gallons of ethanol leaked into the grass.

Southbound traffic was forced to exit at State Road 332 (exit 241) and northbound traffic was diverted to State Road 67 (exit 234). INDOT’s Trafficwise posted on twitter overnight the closure could last up to ten hours (or noon Thursday).

Indiana State Police opened up all lanes on I-69 near Muncie by late morning.

Hazmat crews have determined the ethanol would have to be off-loaded.

ISP said Morrisett lost control of the truck and drifted off the right side of the road. He then over-corrected and flipped into the median.