Driver escapes injury in tanker rollover, spill cleanup underway

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Submitted Photo Great Trail Fire District responded to a semi-truck rollover on Lilly Rd. that resulted in the spill of about 1,400 gallons of a highly flammable condensate.

The driver of a semi-truck escaped injury when the truck rolled over last week in Brown Twp.
Great Trail Fire District was dispatched to a semi vs trailer in the area of 1795 Lilly Rd., Minerva, May 28 at 3:18 p.m.
Fire Chief Ralph Castellucci said, upon arrival, personnel found a semi tractor with a 6,000-gallon tanker had rolled over off the right side of the road. After learning the driver, Maurice R. Murphy, 54, of North Canton, was not injured, personnel determined the tanker was leaking highly flammable condensate.
The area was secured, and several agencies contacted, along with contractors to assist in diking the area.
Castellucci said the owner of the trucking company provided equipment and pumped off the product from the tanker that was laying on its side.
He said about1,400 gallons of product leaked from the tanker. Fire personnel remained on site till midnight when the product was offloaded and the vehicle was secured onto the tow vehicle. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is overseeing the clean up along with a private environmental cleanup company. 
The truck, a 2023 Freightliner, was owned by Badlands Tank Lines of Lavista, NE.
The truck was towed from the scene by Canton Towing.
Sheriff Calvin Graham said the accident remains under investigation.

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