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Diesel spill closes interstate ramp

A truck accident that involved a diesel spill closed the southbound entrance ramp to Exit 130 in Greenville last Thursday.

The Greenville Police Department was notified of the accident shortly after 6 a.m. and the Greenville Fire Department responded and units discovered a large diesel spill on the ramp and on a portion of Fort Dale Road near the ramp.

Police and fire units immediately closed the ramp and blocked it and called Butler County Emergency Management.

“When we arrived, about 150 gallons of diesel had spilled,” Butler County EMA Director Kris Ware said. “It took a while to get the leak stopped.”

The truck drive told police he was sideswiped and the tank was damaged and began to leak.

“We had to contact a special wrecker out of Evergreen,” Ware said. “Conerly’s came and had to remove the truck and clean up the hazmat spill. “

It took several hours for the spill to be cleaned up and the truck to be removed. The ramp was reopened by around 8:30 a.m.