News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 23, 2013

Truck leaks contaminated soil in Parke County

Clean-up effort closes 2-mile stretch of Catlin Road

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. — At 11:24 a.m. today, 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.

Moments later, 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.

Officers closed the road to traffic and summoned ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Trooper Brent Hoover for an inspection of the vehicle and driver.

During the inspection, 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 Mack dump truck that Parke had been driving north on Catlin Road from County Road 400 South. The trucking company was apparently an independent contractor, according to a state police news release.

There is no information available concerning the site where the load originated, according to state police.

Assisting was the Parke County Emergency Management Agency.