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Major spill averted after tanker flips onto its side

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Maxum truck overturnedCarroll County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Tom Cottis said a major spill was averted Monday evening in Carroll County.

Cottis said an excellent response from a number of agencies may have kept a major spill of diesel fuel from happening near the intersection of Alamo and Pinto roads in Union Twp.

A tanker truck owned by a company known as Maxum was traveling south on Alamo Rd. at about 9:45 p.m. The truck was carrying 7,600 gallons of diesel fuel to be delivered to an oil drilling site on Pinto Rd. As the truck turned onto Pinto Rd., Cottis said the township road “broke away” and caused the truck to flip onto its side.

“Only about five gallons of diesel fuel and antifreeze spilled from the engine,” Cottis said. “It could have been much, much worse.”

He credited the “excellent response effort of the HAZMAT team, Carrollton Village Fire Department and others involved with averting a major spill.

“It was a great team effort,” Cottis said, adding emergency personnel remained on the scene for about eight hours to clean up the spill and set the truck and trailer upright.

Officers from the PUCO, State Highway Patrol Motor Patrol unit and Carroll County Sheriff deputies assisted at the scene. Reed Towing of Massillon was called at the request of Maxum to set the truck upright.       

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