Fuel spill cleaned up, officials say

MARQUETTE — A fuel spill that occurred at 9:20 a.m. Saturday in Wells Township was cleaned up by Sunday morning, according to the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post.

According to the release, the Department of Environmental Quality responded to the scene to evaluate and coordinate cleanup of the spill, which closed the westbound lane of County Road 426 for a short time.

A fuel truck spilled about 100 of the 8,200 gallons of fuel it was carrying, as well as some of the diesel fuel from its fuel tank, the release said.

The truck, from Stang WI Corp., was transporting fuel on County Road 426 and County Road SY to the Arnold gas station when the driver drove onto the soft shoulder causing the tanker to tip onto it’s side, the release said.

The 59-year-old driver was not injured in the crash.

Marquette County Road Commission responded to the scene to assist with any road damage or issues. Krist Oil Company assisted, draining the remaining fuel from the damaged vehicle into a second tanker.

The Wells Township Fire Department responded to the scene with assistance from the Forsyth Township Fire Department and Marquette County Rescue Unit 131. The Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Officer and Trooper who responded to the scene were also assisted by Forsyth EMS and Crossroads Towing.

Officials in the Marquette DEQ office could not be reached before press time.