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No hazardous material in barrel spill on M-53


Traffic snarls as emergency crews check contents leaked on roadway


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August 05, 2009
IMLAY CITY — A barrel that was discovered laying in the roadway on M-53 near the Third Street viaduct on Thursday didn't contain hazardous materials, says Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene at 11:40 a.m. after a caller notified Lapeer County Central Dispatch that a truck lost part of its load on M-53 under the railroad viaduct, Reaves says in a press release.

"The caller stated a yellow barrel had come off a truck and landed in the roadway," the release states.

Firefighters and Imlay City Police found a large, yellow plastic drum in the roadway with liquid spilling from it. The barrel was unmarked, Reaves says, so the incident was treated as a hazardous materials spill until the contents could be identified.

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Imlay City police routed traffic off of M-53 and a crew from CN railroad working on the tracks on top of the viaduct was asked to vacate the area, the press release states.

"A very small amount (approximately ˝ gallon) of released product was deemed to be nontoxic, neutralized and washed off the roadway," Reaves says in the release.

"It appeared to be the tank from a farm- or lawn-type New Holland brand sprayer that held a small amount of weed killer but we have to treat it as toxic material until the product can be identified," he says.

Reaves says sprayer parts were also found, so officials would like to talk to the owner and possibly return the parts.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Imlay City Police at 724-2345.

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