October 31, 2014

No injuries in fuel leak reported on I-75

Tim Barnum
Emergency responders survey the scene of a diesel fuel leak on I-75.
Tim Barnum
An absorbing agent covers fuel that leaked from the semi's tank.
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LINCOLN TWP. — Diesel fuel was reported to be leaking from a semi truck’s fuel tank on northbound I-75 around 1:40 p.m. on April 30, prompting a response from several local and state agencies. No injuries were reported in the incident.

The semi’s driver told police he believed he struck an object in the roadway, which caused the fuel to begin leaking from the semi’s tank, according to Arenac County Undersheriff Donald McIntyre. The incident occurred near mile marker 190 in Lincoln Township.

Fuel remaining in the tank was pumped into a storage tank to prevent it from leaking out, McIntyre said. He said it is currently unknown how much fuel was lost due to the leak.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was called out to the scene to clean up the spilled fuel, McIntyre said. The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department was assisted on the scene by the Michigan State Police, the Standish Area Fire Authority and the Michigan Department of Transportation, McIntyre said.

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