Fuel, Herbicide Spill in Accident

Fuel, Herbicide Spill in Accident

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CHUNCHULA, Alabama -

Close to 400 gallons of hazardous material ended up on high Tuesday morning in Chunchula.

It happened just before 10 a.m. Friday on Walter more Road and Army road.  The truck landed in a ditch sending a mixture of jet fuel and herbicide into the soil.

The mobile-fire rescue HazMat team had to be called out to assist. Fortunately there were no houses nearby. Officials say the risk to the public was minimal, but the tough task is cleaning it all up.

"We try to still move with a great deal of deliberation to make sure that it is safe and to make sure that we don't extend any further problems, after that it becomes an environmental issue. We won't be so much involved with that as will ADEM's and the contractors that they use," said Brian Gilliland of Mobile Fire-Rescue Department.

The driver of the big rig was taken to a local hospital, but is expected to be okay.

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