Deer crash leads to I-75 fuel spill

A deer crash led to a diesel fuel spill along Interstate 75 early Wednesday morning.
Calvin Hurst, 62, of Detroit, was driving a 2009 Volvo VNL semitrailer south on I-75 when his semitrailer struck and killed a deer crossing the road from the east at 5:38 a.m. in Duchouquet Township, near mile marker 118, just south of the Allen County line, according to a report from a trooper with the Wapakoneta Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
A large amount of red fluid was leaking from the engine compartment and a heavy flow of diesel fuel was leaking from the fuel line underneath the tank after the crash. The fuel line was severed in several different areas and the fuel was observed leaking off the west side of the road and into a nearby ditch and water stream.
The tank was listed as holding 150 gallons of diesel fuel and was estimated to have been a quarter full at the time of
the spill.
Hurst was driving in the right lane of I-75 when the deer ran into the road from the field toward the median.
He pulled off the road just north of the Cridersville exit.
The Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) responded to the scene for the spill.
“The way the deer went up under the vehicle, it ripped the fuel line out of the boom of the tank and drained the fuel,” EMA Director Troy Anderson said.
Anderson said he dug a diking area in the ditch to keep the fuel from running down into the drain and contacted the Environmental Protection Agency.
The trucking company also hired environmental contractor Interdyne, of Lima, to clean up the ditch.
Anderson said the company is sucking the excess diesel off the water and digging up any soil impacted by the spill and replacing it.
He estimated approximately 50 gallons were spilt.
The state requires spills of 25 gallons or more on the ground and any amount leaving a sheen in the water to be reported.
“There will be a cost recovery, but no physical citation,” Anderson said.
The semitrailer, Hurst was driving for Moe’s Transport Trucking, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada sustained disabling in the crash and towed from the scene.
The deer, which was drug underneath the semitrailer, was destroyed in the crash.
Hurst, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured in the crash.
He was driving 65 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone when the crash occurred.