Semi rollover causes diesel leak near Long Lake

By Adam Quandt
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Construction barrels mark the damaged area where a semi rolled over on the shores of Long Lake in an accident on Oct. 26. (Adam Quandt/The Pioneer)
Construction barrels mark the damaged area where a semi rolled over on the shores of Long Lake in an accident on Oct. 26. (Adam Quandt/The Pioneer)

During the morning hours on Oct. 26 authorities responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash on Wayzata Boulevard near Long Lake.

A semi was traveling on Wayzata Boulevard when a driver of another vehicle was attempting to enter onto the now heavily traveled road, pulling out directly in front of the semi.

The driver of the semi braked and swerved in an attempt to avoid crashing, but collided with the vehicle causing the semi to roll over onto the shores of the lake, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

The rollover caused diesel fuel to leak from the semi and onto the shoreline. Long Lake Fire Chief James Van Eyll said that some fuel did leak into the lake itself.

Members of the Long Lake Fire Department and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency worked to contain the spill using a variety of foam booms and absorbing pads.

Orono police, Minnesota State Patrol and the West Central Environmental Consultants all assisted on scene to clean up the crash and contain the spill.

Minnesota State Patrol said that the second vehicle involved was damaged, however the 17-year-old driver was uninjured. The State Patrol report stated the driver of the semi had a possible minor injury, but was not transported to the hospital.

The teen driver was issued a citation for failing to yield to a right of way.

The accident caused a brief closure of Wayzata Boulevard, which is serving as a detour around the temporarily closed U.S. Highway 12. Police reopened the road to traffic shortly after the semi was removed.

“In the eight years that I’ve been here, I’ve never seen anything like this happen,” Chief Van Eyll said.

Van Eyll said that the containment and clean-up of the spill has been handed over to the West Central Environmental Consultants and the crash is being investigated by Orono Police and the Minnesota State Patrol.