LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Just after 6:30 a.m. Sunday the Lafayette firefighters were dispatched to a tanker crash.
Lafayette Fire Lt. Brian Perior said they noticed a leak and got the injured driver out of the tanker as fast as they could.
"We contained the leak and extracted the patient and he was taken to a local hospital,' Perior said.
The driver was delivering liquid corn starch to the Tate & Lyle plant on Sagamore Parkway. Officials said he took the turn onto O'Ferrall Road too fast and flipped the tanker.
Thankfully, the tanker wasn't hauling a harmful chemical.
"It is not harmful at all. In fact if you are a normal American you eat it everyday," plant coordinator Jim Stewart said.
Stewart said a number of chemicals are transported to the factory that could be dangerous, but in this case it's just a matter of cleaning up the liquid.
"If it was a chemical we'd have the Hazmat team out here, but this is liquid corn starch," Stewart said. "It's not hazardous, so we just make sure that we don't get any starch into the Wildcat Creek or anything like that. We have it all contained right here on site."
"They're off-loading this tank, so that they can upright it and get it out of here," Perior said.
This is not the first time a tanker has rolled at the intersection of O'Ferrall Road and Sagamore Parkway.
"It has happened before years ago but not recently. It appears that he took it too fast," Stewart said.
Crews spent much of the day waiting on the tank to empty and cleaning up the corn starch.
The driver was taken to St. Elizabeth East Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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