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Semi crash spills hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel into Iowa creek


This news story was published on November 29, 2016.
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ambulanceJEFFERSON, IOWA – The DNR responded to a diesel spill after a semi hauling Pepsi products hit a bridge about five miles southwest of Jefferson in Greene county Tuesday morning.

A 2002 International semi truck driven by 34-year-old Bradley E. Ruhnke was traveling westbound on E57 at about 9:30 AM when Ruhnke lost control, crossed the center line and hit the corner of a bridge. The semi rolled and came to rest, essentially hanging over the edge of the bridge, with the trailer being in the creek.

Ruhnke was transported to the Greene county medical center and later airlifted to a Des Moines hospital.

The accident released an estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel and other fluids into Greenbrier Creek beneath the bridge on Greene County road E-57. Emergency responders placed absorbent booms into the creek to catch and absorb the petroleum products.

The spill is contained, the DNR says, and they are monitoring clean-up as the trucking company and contractors work to remove the diesel fuel.

The DNR will consider appropriate enforcement action.

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3 Responses to Semi crash spills hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel into Iowa creek

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2016 at 7:44 am

    All rivers around lead to the big Miss – the area around New Orleans where it dumps into the ocean ? 7 SQUARE MILES of lifelessness – nothing grows and no sea creatures. Could you say DEATH?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I would never eat a fish out of an Iowa creek or river anyway – pesticides/hog crap/ammonia/ all good for the health industry.

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    November 30, 2016 at 7:38 am

    That Pepsi will be worse for the fish than the diesel fuel.