Interstate 70 Clean-Up Success

by Emily Baird on April 7, 2010 at 6:29 am

Travel along Interstate 70 westbound near New Concord is back to normal after an semi accident yesterday that caused a hazardous chemical spill.

The clean-up efforts lasted almost half a day, and Muskingum County EMA Deputy Director, Jeff Jadwin, says he’s happy with how crews handled the situation. Jadwin says the only complaint he got was from the state about how long the interstate remained closed.

"People at the upper level weren’t aware that the guardrail was stuck inside the semi. So, that made it difficult to get flipped over. While you’re doing that, you have to close the interstate until you set the vehicle upright. The way he crashed caused some other problems, " says Jadwin.

Crews had to pull the semi apart and transported it away as two separate units. Then they had to tow away the nine cars the semi was carrying.

The other problem crews faced was the 100 gallons of diesel fuel the semi was leaking. The EMA called in Zemba Brothers of Zanesville to act as the chemical clean-up company and to keep the fuel from heading toward local ponds. The company did have to extricate fuel that spilled below the surface.

"He hauled away at least two dump truck loads of top soil and dirt, " says Jadwin.

Crews also used cat litter-like material and special blankets to absorb fuel at the surface.