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Fuel Spill Closes Highway 11

A car vs. semi resulted in an accident with no injuries but about 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled all over the roadway.

A car hit a semi full of diesel fuel, causing a fuel spill in the 9800 block of Durand Avenue that has closed the roadway for the next several hours.

According to Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke, a semi truck was turning westbound onto Durand Avenue from Commercial Avenue when it was stopped by the lowered gates at the railroad tracks.

As soon as the gates were raised, a driver traveling east drove across the tracks and hit the semi truck, puncturing the gas tank and causing the fuel spill.

"This is considered a minor accident with no injuries," Marschke told Patch while he was on scene helping direct traffic.

He estimated about 100 gallons of fuel were spilled.

Traffic is completely shut down in both directions between Wisconsin Street and Renaissance Blvd and Marschke said he expects it to stay that way for at least the next two hours. The accident is believed to have occured sometime late this afternoon.

Officials from the Department of Natural Resources are on route. Amtrak train traffic is also disrupted because of the spill and officials from Amtrak are on scene, Marschke said.

The driver of the semi will be cited for failure to yield, the Chief confirmed.

Courtney Pietsch January 30, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Why would the semi driver be cited if another car hit him? He cant drive any faster to hurry up and pass the tracks. Obviously the other car was racing to get thru the tracks.. smh
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 02:11 AM
@Courtney - my understanding is that the truck was turning into traffic to go westbound and didn't wait for the gates to go up and for eastbound traffic to be clear.
Ron January 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Semi-truck drivers are supposed to wait, just like any other drivers, until there is enough room for his truck to fit into traffic but I have seen them "bully" their way out of places, thinking that no-one will want to hit a truck so they have the right of way! FAIL!

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