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Published: Thursday, 8/16/2007

Area evacuated in gasoline spill

Two businesses and about 30 houses were evacuated yesterday after a tank truck carrying gasoline overturned while rounding a curve at the intersection of Airport Highway and Western Avenue, police said.

The tanker began leaking gasoline and diesel fuel after it crashed about 7 a.m. driving westbound near the 1700 block of Airport, police said.

The truck's driver, David Buettner, 42, of Melvindale, Mich., was taken to the University of Toledo Medical Center, formerly Medical College of Ohio, where his condition was unavailable yesterday. Mr. Buettner was cited for failure to control, police said.

"He wasn't necessarily speeding," said Toledo police Sgt. Dan Ray. "He was going too fast for the vehicle."

The intersection, which reopened about 6 p.m., was closed for about 11 hours yesterday while hazardous-materials crews cleaned up the spills. Sergeant Ray was unsure how many gallons of fuel leaked onto the street.

The tanker was from McKinley Trucking, of Carson City, Mich., and was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline.

Crews from Eagle Construction and Environmental Services, L.P., a Findlay-based firm that responds to environmental hazards, pumped the wrecked tanker's remaining gasoline into another truck, Sergeant Ray said.

The wrecked tanker was then righted and removed, the sergeant said.



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