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Oil spill in downtown Mason City leads to road closings (photos)



This news story was published on August 23, 2016.
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Brent Trout with city workers, assessing the oil spill damage

Brent Trout with city workers, assessing the oil spill damage

MASON CITY – A semi sprung a leak in downtown Mason City Tuesday afternoon, causing road closures after oil spilled all over the streets.

A Conway semi was making a delivery in downtown Mason City when it began to have mechanical issues. The air conditioning shut off and the brakes had issues. Finally, near the intersection of First Street North and Federal Avenue, the truck sprung a leak in the oil pan, NIT is told, leading to about 8 gallons of motor oil spilling onto the street.

City workers, including City Administrator Brent Trout, converged on the scene, shutting down most access to the intersection. Sand was thrown on much of the spill, but some cars had already driving through the oil, tracking it in all directions. Mr. Trout could be heard discussing with city workers the cost to clean up the mess.

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8 Responses to Oil spill in downtown Mason City leads to road closings (photos)

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    This happens all the time in plants. Put some oil dry on it, sweep it up and forget it.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    August 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Maybe that oil will help fill the potholes.

  3. Sad But True Reply Report comment

    August 23, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    OH my, 250.000 worth of city employees trying to figure out how to clean up 50.00 worth of oil

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 23, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Jerk. We are damn lucky that hazardous materials were not involved. Im proud and delighted with the response!

    • anonymight Reply Report comment

      August 23, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Yes, and avoiding a potentially hazardous situation that could have resulted in a law suit against the city if something unfortunate had happened as a result. Wise up.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        August 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm

        First responders are not concerned about lawsuits. Its about injury and loss of life. Worse case scenario , terrorism.

      • Sad But True Reply Report comment

        August 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        yes, who knows how many millions 8 gal of oil could kill. Throw some sand on it and take another week off

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      August 23, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      If I had to guess, Sad But True would be the first one to call City Hall and bitch if this happened in front of his house and no one showed up.