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Northbound SR 37 Closed After Fuel Tank Overturns

Officials have been trying to clean up a fuel tanker accident after it overturned Sunday night.

Update 5:45 p.m.:

The Bloomington Police Department confirms SR 37 northbound is still closed and southbound traffic is restricted to one lane.

Original post:

Northbound traffic on State Road 37 has been closed for more than 12 hours after a fuel tanker fuel flipped onto its side at the intersection of SR 37 and Vernal Pike on Sunday, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

Bloomington Police officials say the tanker truck was unable to stop at a red light, and hit two different passenger cars.

The driver of the tractor trailer, a 48-year-old female, said she felt ill and did not recollect the accident, according to a BPD press release.

The first vehicle hit carried a 45-year-old woman who sustained severe injuries and was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  The second passenger, a 14-year-old woman, also sustained serious injury and was transported to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

The driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident, a 57-year-old woman, sustained only minor injuries.

SR 37 is open to southbound traffic, but northbound traffic is still restricted.

  • SR 37 fuel tank spill

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    Photo: Bill Shaw/WTIU News

    Clean-up crews work to reopen State Road 37 after a fuel tank overturned near Vernal Pike on Sunday night.

  • SR 37 closure

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    Photo: Bill Shaw/WTIU News

    State Road 37 was closed to traffic going northbound Monday morning, although the southbound lanes were open.

  • workers on SR 37

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    Photo: Elias Orfan/WTIU News

    Clean-up crew members secure a tarp on a bin that contains contaminated soil after a fuel tanker overturned on SR 37.

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