U.S. 31 paint spill restricts traffic for short period

From about 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, a paint spill closed part of U.S. 31 in Manistee after a truck carrying paint cans turned the corner and tipped over. The paint was quickly cleaned up by the City of Manistee Fire Department.

From about 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, a paint spill closed part of U.S. 31 in Manistee after a truck carrying paint cans turned the corner and tipped over. The paint was quickly cleaned up by the City of Manistee Fire Department. (Sean Bradley/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — A paint spill that restricted traffic Friday afternoon on U.S. 31 near Oleson’s in Manistee was quickly cleaned up and the entire road was opened back up shortly afterward.

The spill was reported shortly after 3 p.m. and the road was cleaned and opened back up as of approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to a text message from the Manistee County Alerts System.

Manistee Police Sgt. Thomas Bruce said a delivery stake bed truck driven by a 52-year-old male Gill-Roy’s Hardware employee,  was headed north from Gill-Roy’s Hardware in Manistee onto U.S. 31 from the U.S. 31 Bridge when the spill occurred.

City of Manistee police officers used a fire hose with water on Friday to clear away the paint spilled on U.S. 31. (Sean Bradley/News Advocate)

City of Manistee police officers used a fire hose with water on Friday to clear away the paint spilled on U.S. 31. (Sean Bradley/News Advocate)

“As  they came around the curb here, the load became unsecured — the load being several cans of 5 gallon paint, white and red in color — and it fell off the stake bed into the roadway and busted open,” Bruce said.

A vehicle driven by a 75-year-old Manistee woman traveling southbound ran into the truck, causing minor damage to the vehicle and spilling paint on it.

Bruce said sand was thrown down by the Manistee Department of Public Works.

At approximately 4 p.m., the City of Manistee Fire Department sprayed the paint away using a hose and water.

Public safety director David Bachman said a citation will be issued to the Gill-Roy’s driver for a moving violation for having an unsecured load.

Bruce said he took down the necessary information from both involved parties and sent them on their way to start clean up on the spillage.

 

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Posted by Sean Bradley

Sean is the city and cops and courts reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the entertainment and Reasons to Celebrate pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3109 or sbradley@pioneergroup.com.

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