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Summit County health officials warn of possible diesel water contamination

Published August 29, 2014 8:11 am

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Summit County health officials on Friday cautioned water-users downstream of a crash near Echo Creek between a semi-trailer rig and an SUV hauling a trailer to keep a lookout for possible fuel contamination.

The crash occurred 5:15 p.m. Thursday on westbound Interstate 80 at mile marker 176. No injuries were reported, but the semi's fuel tanks ruptured during the accident and leaked diesel into the creek.

North Summit Fire District spokesman Tyler Rowser said that hazardous materials workers stopped the leak and then placed booms in the creek to help prevent any more fuel from making its way into the Weber River.

It is estimated that 70 gallons of diesel leaked from the truck, and of that 30 gallons made it into the creek.

People downstream are urged to contact the Summit County Health Department at 435-336-1500 if they see any potential contamination, such as an oil-like sheen in the water.

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