Nine hour cleanup after tanker rollover

June 26, 2015

A Michigan Chloride truck overturned on Garfield Road Tuesday, spilling approximately 100 gallons of Calcium Chloride mixture, diesel fuel and oil. Photo courtesy of Jerry Becker

A Michigan Chloride truck overturned on Garfield Road Tuesday, spilling approximately 100 gallons of Calcium Chloride mixture, diesel fuel and oil.
Photo courtesy of Jerry Becker

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

It was a long day for workers from seven agencies who were called to help   clean up a spill Tuesday after a Michigan Chloride tanker overturned on Garfield Avenue.

The accident happened in Garfield Township north of Ludington, officials believe “around 11:30 a.m.” Garfield Township Fire Chief Kevin Tubbs said. “We are not sure exactly when the accident happened. When we arrived on the scene, wreckers had already been there for some time.”

The release from Clare County Sheriff’s Department Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski said Central Dispatch received the call around 1 p.m.
The truck was putting brine on Garfield Avenue for dust control when the driver, Pautterloh, 20, of Trufant, apparently went off the edge of the road and lost control of the truck which rolled onto its side and into a water-filled ditch.

Pautterloh had minor injuries and refused medical treatment, the release said.
Clare Emergency Services Director Jerry Becker said the tanker was carrying 3,800 gallons of calcium chloride, the salt water liquid used to brine gravel roads. “The driver had disconnected a “pup,” a trailer with additional brine before the accident happened,” he said.
The road between Ludington Avenue and US-10 was reduced to one lane while the cleanup was ongoing.

“We estimated that about 50 gallons of calcium chloride and another 50 gallons of diesel fuel and oil spilled into the ditch,” Becker added.
Young’s Environmental Service of Flint was called in for the cleanup. Becker said they pumped 1,001 gallons of water out of the ditch and removed 20 cubic yards of dirt, then attempted to restore the ditch.

The cleanup was complete around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to Garfield Chief Tubbs.  He said the time of the accident is under investigation, and CCEM and the Department of Environmental Quality would be investigating the site Wednesday to make sure the spill was completely cleaned up.
Workers from the Clare County Road Commission were on the scene Wednesday to repair the edge of the road, Becker said. He said the spill was not dangerous and would not harm the environment.

Agencies at the scene included the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Garfield Township Fire Department, Clare County Emergency Management, Mobile Medical Response Ambulance Service, the Clare county Road Commission, the Department on Environmental Quality and Young’s Environmental Service.

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