Possible contamination from semi-truck crash spill

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 10/23/2013 9:36 pm Published: 10/23/2013 6:27 pm

There are possible contamination concerns after a bad accident closed a Green Country highway. Two semi-trucks collided on Highway 412 near 265th Street, closing the westbound lanes for hours.

Driving down Highway 412 what looked like a pile of trash was actually hazardous material from Wednesday morning's leak.

FOX23 found out that it's called a boom and it's to prevent gallons of gasoline from seeping any further into the soil.

The two trucks ran into each other, leaking fuel all over the roadway and nearby field.

"It gets into the ground and the soil and causes all kinds of problems later on," said Paul Summers, Oak Grove's assistant fire chief.

Summers was on the scene cleaning up when FOX23 arrived.

"We're preventing any further hazardous materials from leaking into the drainage system and the ditches down the side of the road at this time," said Summers.

Meanwhile, traffic was stopped, and the westbound lanes closed for four hours. Sooner Emergency was called in and used absorbents to soak up as much of the gasoline as possible, vacuum puddles, use more absorbents and finally clear the semitrailers.

Jack Shields FOX23 that even with the wreck and the leak cleaned up, the possibility for soil contamination continues to be a concern.

"We'll put booms out in case there's any rain or anything, until we can get back to excavate any contaminated soil in case there's any runoff," said Shields.

Shields estimates Friday is when Sooner Emergency will be back shoveling out the dirt. But Summers said most of the fuel was contained and there was little, if any, contamination.

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