ROCHESTER — Police say heavy fog was contributing factor in a crash that temporarily closed U.S. 31 Wednesday morning.

Indiana State Police responded at 10:10 a.m. to a crash at U.S. 31 and County Road 700N.

Preliminary investigation by Senior Trooper Mike Gruiett revealed that a 1989 Peterbuilt semi truck driven by Kevin Holland of Plymouth, was traveling southbound on U.S. 31. Holland tried to turn east onto 700N and was struck by a northbound truck driven by William Lange of Logansport.

It took emergency workers about an hour to free Lange from his damaged truck. He was then taken by ambulance to Woodlawn Hospital with injuries to his lower extremities. Holland was not injured. The fact that both drivers were wearing seat belts helped reduce their injuries, investigators said.

Lange was hauling a tank filled with about 300 gallons of diesel fuel, a large quantity of which spilled out. The cleanup caused northbound U.S. 31 to be closed for about four hours. Diesel fuel also leaked from a ruptured fuel tank on the truck driven by Holland.

Gruiett was assisted at the scene by Indiana State Police Capt. Bob Rich, Sgt. Rick Layman, Master Trooper Randy Shaver, Master Motor Carrier Inspector Deb Beasey, Master Motor Carrier Inspector Larry Hood, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Fulton County Emergency Management and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

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