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Fuel Spill in Jefferson County Following Semi-Truck Accident Tuesday

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

A semi-truck wreck leads to a fuel spill Tuesday afternoon in southern Illinois.  Jefferson Fire, Mt. Vernon Fire, Illinois State Police and other agencies responded to the wreck that happened on Interstate-57 southbound just north of milepost 87 in Jefferson County.  

Jefferson Fire officials report that Robert Newbould of Texas was heading southbound in his flatbed truck when he ran off the road, struck some trees and stopped into a creek.  Newbould was not injured, and there's no word if he was cited for any violations.

About 70-to-80 gallons of fuel leaked from the tank into the nearby creek, which flows into Rend Lake, which is used for drinking water.  HAZMAT teams were called in to help clean up the area.  Other agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency were notified of the situation.  

The wreck occurred at 8:30 Tuesday morning and fire officials were on the scene until 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.  HAZMAT teams were still on the scene as of 4 p.m. Tuesday cleaning up the area.

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