Gas spill closes roadway

The Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — A local roadway will remain partially closed following a recent tanker crash as crews work to clean up thousands of gallons of gasoline that spilled into a nearby field.

Blair Township Fire Chief Bill Parker said the eastbound lane of Beitner Road from U.S. 31 to Williams Road is closed to traffic through Jan. 5. The westbound lane remains open but eastbound lanes will be detoured down Rennie School Road to Williams Road, he said.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials said about 5,700 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel spilled from a tanker truck following a crash on Christmas Eve. Portions of a nearby field will need to be excavated to remove contaminated soil, analyst Jarrett Hale previously said.

Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies said a 45-year-old Grawn woman — who they suspect could have been driving under the influence of marijuana — lost control of her SUV, crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the tanker truck.

She broke several bones but her three passengers escaped with little to no injuries, deputies previously said. The tanker driver, a 42-year-old Alma man, was also uninjured in the crash. Three homes were also evacuated but families returned before Christmas Day.


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