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Tanker overturns, closes Highway 14

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Gazette staff
July 23, 2011
— Fire and environmental crews spent Friday afternoon and evening clearing wreckage from an 8,500-gallon gasoline tanker that overturned at Highway 14 and Willow Bend Road in Walworth, authorities reported.

The Walworth Fire Department responded and called for mutual aid shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday after it discovered a tanker overturned in the ditch and a small fire in the tanker’s engine compartment, Walworth Emergency Services Director Chris Severt said.


Crews quickly extinguished the fire, and other fire departments brought foam to suppress any additional fires.


Highway 14 and connecting roads near the wreck remain closed to traffic throughout the evening Friday as the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol continued to investigate the crash, Severt said.


The driver was apparently uninjured, Severt said. No information was available Friday on what caused the tanker to overturn.


Severt said the tanker was full of gasoline, and it spilled a “minimal” amount of fuel before fire crews were able to seal off its tank. He said the Environmental Protection Agency was cleaning up at the scene Friday.



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