Tanker tips on M-35; Red Cross Assist Emergency Workers

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter assisted the emergency workers on the scene of the accident. Four volunteers provided workers with coffee, cider, hot chocolate, snacks as well as sandwiches for lunch later in the day.

Posted: February 8, 2010, by NIKKI YOUNK, Staff Writer The Daily News

MENOMINEE – A semi-tanker crash in Menominee County on Saturday prompted the evacuation of eight residences and the shut-off of electrical power.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks reported that the accident occurred at 4:17 a.m. in Menominee Township.

The gasoline tanker from Klemm Trucking Company in Green Bay, Wis. crashed and rolled over on M-35 near Evergreen Road, Marks added.

The driver was transported to Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, Wis., where he was treated and released.

Officials from the sheriff’s department are not releasing the driver’s name at this time.

Marks said that the tanker spilled approximately 200 gallons of gasoline.

Following the accident, eight residences along M-35 and Evergreen Road were evacuated.

Marks noted that a 1,000-foot perimeter was maintained for the safety of citizens. M-35 traffic was detoured to U.S. 41.

Also, officials shut off electrical power in the area, beginning at 6:02 a.m., in order to prevent the ignition of the gasoline from a damaged electrical pole.

At 6:24 a.m., another tanker arrived to pump fuel out of the damaged tanker, said Marks.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes and power was restored about five hours after the accident occurred.

Marks added that a cleanup operation was initiated to prevent groundwater contamination. Veolia Environmental Services and U.P. Environmental conducted a Hazmat assessment and cleanup of contaminated materials. Havelka Construction provided an excavator to dig up contaminated soil.

M-35 was opened to through traffic at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

The Menominee-Ingallston Volunteer Fire Department, Marinette Fire Department and Hazmat Team, Marinette and Menominee County Emergency Management, ACE Towing, Bay Area Paramedics, American Red Cross, and Michigan State Police assisted at the scene.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.