Tanker truck rollover at US-10 & 60th Ave in Osceola County

EVART — Dense fog caused a near-collision in Evart on Wednesday that left a truck holding 13,000 gallons of fuel on its side.

At approximately 8:26 a.m., deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the single vehicle rollover accident on US-10 near 60th Avenue.

The accident involved a semi-tanker truck that was transporting fuel which rolled onto its side after the driver swerved to miss another truck that had pulled onto U.S.10 from 60th Avenue.

“It had stopped at U.S.10 but, due to fog, (the driver) did not see or hear the semi tanker truck coming before pulling out into the road way,” said OCSD Undersheriff Justin Halladay, in a press release. “There were no injuries to the driver of the truck.”

Because of the fuel being hauled and danger it carried US-10 was from 50th Avenue to 65th Avenue with all traffic being detoured around the emergency scene.

As a precaution, the Evart Fire Department directed an evacuation of a 1/2 mile radius around the accident scene, to comply with federal environmental quality standards.

By noon, emergency responders were waiting for fuel company representatives and crews to arrive on scene to pump fuel from the rolled truck to a recovery vehicle in a controlled manner.

“During that part of the operation, we were still asking people to avoid the area because of the situation, the potential for danger, and weather conditions,” noted Mark Watkins, director of Osceola County Emergency Management.

“We did ask residents within a half mile of the scene to evacuate and relocate temporarily to the Evart Housing Commission site. This was just a precaution and a recommended not a mandatory evacuation. Whether residents decided to evacuate or not was ultimately their decision.

“With 13,000 gallons of fuel on the truck, we simply wanted to take every precaution necessary.”

Mechanic at nearby auto repair business Leutz’s Pro-Fix, Scott Spence first noticed the rollover at 8:30 a.m. while driving east on U.S. 10.

“When I drove by, I saw a truck pulled over on the side of the road, and when I got past it I saw the other one tipped over,” Spence said.

Watkins said that the Osceola EM team has established protocols for situations such as the fuel truck rollover.

“Practically speaking, this actually was a pretty small event,” he pointed out. “Still, whatever the incident, we need to make sure everyone is protected and no resident gets hurt.”

No one was hurt in the accident and none of the fuel was spilled.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier officer, Evart Fire and Rescue, the Evart Police Department, and Osceola County Emergency Management department.

More information is available at the Emergency Management website, www.osceolacountyemd.org