Late Wednesday morning, Indiana State Police and Parke County agencies responded to a report of a dump truck leaking soil onto a road south of Rockville.
The location was on Catlin Road near County Road 200 South.
A witness following the dump truck noticed the rear dump gate was ajar and the truck was losing soil all over the road. The citizen was able to gain the attention of the driver, 48-year-old Timothy Parke of Jamestown, who stopped the truck near County Road 200 South.
Soon, authorities arrived and determined the lost cargo was soil contaminated with crude oil that had come from a clean-up site near Catlin Road and County Road 400 South, according to an Indiana State Police news release.
Officers closed the road to traffic and summoned ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Trooper Brent Hoover for an inspection of the vehicle and driver.
Timothy Parke was cited for leaky load and issued warnings for miscellaneous other infractions, and the vehicle was placed out of service.
About five tons of soil had been lost over a nearly two-mile stretch of Catlin Road. A hazardous material crew was sent to the scene for clean-up, with the road expected to be closed for about three hours.
MZ Transport of Greenwood was the owner of the dump truck that Parke had been driving. The trucking company was an independent contractor.
The load originated at a Marathon pipeline station in Parke County, said Shane Pochard, a Marathon Petroleum spokesman. Above-ground tanks were removed “some time ago,” he said. Any contents would have been removed at that time.
On Wednesday, “We were digging up the tank bottoms to have them removed,” he said.
He said there could have been some crude oil in the soil from when the tanks were in service.
During cleanup, “It helped that the soil itself was frozen from the cold,” Pochard said. “When it hit the ground, it didn’t disperse.”
He said the EPA was contacted.