Oil Spill May Take Days to Clean Up

Photo Courtesy of the Wyoming Highway Patrol
Photo Courtesy of the Wyoming Highway Patrol

Oil spilled in a tractor trailer tanker crash Tuesday morning on a state highway south of Lovell may take days to clean up, but authorities say it's not threatening any waterways.

In a statement released Tuesday, Sgt. Stephen Townsend of the Wyoming Highway Patrol said about 2,500 gallons of oil was spilled onto Wyoming 310 when the tanker rig rolled after the driver veered off the right side of the road. The driver, who was identified as Bruce Siggard of Salt Lake City, was treated and released from the North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell.

A hazardous materials team from Worland responded to the scene for clean-up. Meanwhile, the road will remain open, but motorists are warned to be careful traveling through the crash scene because of the work crews and equipment in the area. They said the spill itself poses no threat to motorists.

According to the patrol report, the driver had loaded the oil at a refinery in Billings, Montana, heading for his hometown. He was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

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