Police at night

HOWE — A tanker crash on the Indiana Toll Road in LaGrange County claimed the life of the driver Thursday night, with a hazardous chemical spill closing travel in both directions and forcing an evacuation of the immediate area.

According to a report from the Indiana State Police, Omar Pleasont, 35, of Portage, Indiana, was operating a 2020 Freightliner semi-tractor with a bulk liquid tanker eastbound about 8:30 p.m. at the 129.5 mile marker.

This story was updated to include additional details.

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