A semi driver lost his life after the vehicle he was driving overturned on the Indiana Toll Road. The fatal crash in Lagrange County took place on Thursday, February 4 at around 8:30 p.m.
According to the details shared by the Indiana State Police, the deceased victim was identified as Omar Pleasont, 35, of Portage. Pleasont was driving a 2020 Freightliner semi-tractor at the time of the crash. He was headed eastbound along the Indiana Toll Road. As the vehicle was a few miles east of the S.R. 9 Interchange, Pleasont appears to have lost control of the semi for some reason.
The semi was hauling a bulk liquid container at the time which carried hydrochloric acid. As Pleasont lost control, the truck veered away from the roadway and towards the center median. It then collided with the median before the semi and the trailer both rolled over.
During the roll over, the trailer became separated from the semi cab. The semi cab came to rest upside down in one of the lanes of the roadway. The trailer slid into the median and remained there.
Pleasont sustained critical injuries in the incident and became stuck inside the damaged body of the semi cab. Once the first responders and paramedics reached the scene of the crash, attempts to revive him failed. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash.
Following the accident, the tanker carrying hydrochloric acid developed leaks. The acid spilled onto the roadway which prompted the authorities to evacuate an area of half-mile radius around the site of spillage. The area remained evacuated until it could be cleaned up.
Authorities shut down the eastbound and westbound lanes of the Indiana Toll Road after the crash in Lagrange County. These lanes remained closed overnight and were reopened at around 3 a.m.
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