Nichole Hannahs

Diesel Spill Shuts Down Roadway

by Nichole Hannahs on January 8, 2013 at 10:09 am

A major accident closes part of the downtown to traffic Tuesday afternoon.

The Zanesville Police Department said that a semi-truck was heading east on Main Street and a Ford Explorer was heading west when they were hit by a white Chevy traveling on 7th Street.

Lt. Bill Shaw said at this time it appears the Chevy ran a red light striking the semi and Explorer.

"7th and Main is one of the problematic intersections from the fact that the downtown area was laid out 200 years ago. The buildings are so close to the intersection that sometimes that does obstruct vision," said Lt. Shaw.

During the accident the Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency said between 110-140 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the roadway. Oil Dry was used to contain the fuel, but some did go into the storm sewer. It’s unknown how much.

"The sewer department will check downstream to make sure how far it has gotten," explained Jeff Jadwin from the Muskingum County EMA. "We’ll either have to flow water or vac it out to make sure we don’t have a problem there."

Two minor injuries were reported. Since the spill was over 25 gallons the Muskingum County EMA had to call in the state EPA from Logan to assess the situation. Lt. Shaw said the accident remains under investigation. The Zanesville Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

Jadwin said since diesel fuel acts like ice they will make sure the roadway is completely clean before opening up the intersection.