Callers were telling News 10 that they could smell and taste the chemicals. Many people were at the Terre Haute Quarter Midget track when the spill happened. Callers were stating that their lungs began to burn and as they were evacuating they had to use their shirts to cover their faces. “…We’ve got everything under control at this time,” explained Joe Swan, Terre Haute Fire Department. “We believe Hydrite’s got everything shut down and there’s no leak at this time.” Our crew on the scene was told that those needing medical attention were taken to Regional Hospital. They are thinking about 20 people were taken. This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

Chemical Spill on Erie Canal Road Caused Evacuation and Sent Many to Hospital

Vigo County Central Dispatch confirmed a chemical spill Saturday evening on Erie Canal Road on the south side of Terre Haute.


Officials told our crew on the scene that the exact location was 2400 Erie Canal Road which is the address for Hydrite Chemical Co. and near the intersection of Erie Canal Rd and E Voorhees Street. Originally they stated that the chemical was sulfuric acid – but firefighters on the scene are now stating it is sulfur dioxide.

Those in the area were evacuated and officials were blocking many streets near the area.

Callers were telling News 10 that they could smell and taste the chemicals. Many people were at the Terre Haute Quarter Midget track when the spill happened. Callers were stating that their lungs began to burn and as they were evacuating they had to use their shirts to cover their faces.

“…We’ve got everything under control at this time,” explained Joe Swan, Terre Haute Fire Department. “We believe Hydrite’s got everything shut down and there’s no leak at this time.”

Our crew on the scene was told that those needing medical attention were taken to Regional Hospital. They are thinking about 20 people were taken.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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