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UPDATE: Ethanol Truck Overturns in Milton; Closes Highway 59

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 --- 8:25 a.m.

From the City of Milton Police Department:

STH 59, East of Milton, is now open. The scene was cleared just after Midnight, on today's date.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 3:59 p.m.

From the DOT:

Alternate Route: WB traffic should take Wis 59 west to County KK north to County N west to Wis 26 south back to Wis 59. Reverse those directions for EB traffic.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 2:07 p.m.

Press Release from the Milton Police Department:

As a result of this morning’s incident in which a tanker truck filled with ethanol overturned, State Highway 59 East of Milton remains closed. The roadway is expected to be closed well into the evening.

Officials on scene have determined the safest course of action is to allow the ethanol to leak out naturally, rather than introducing any apparatus that could potentially cause a fire hazard. The ethanol is draining into a retention pond which is adjacent to where the incident took place.

It is estimated there were approximately 8,000 gallons of ethanol on board, and it is draining in excess of 10 gallons per minute.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is assisting in the investigation, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is on scene to assist with the environmental impact assessment.

Officials monitoring the air quality have determined that those people earlier evacuated from businesses and residences can return, however, they should shelter in place.

There is no danger to anybody outside of a 500 ft. radius of the incident site.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 12:00 p.m.

Here's an update from our crew at the scene:

The tanker was filled with 7 to 8 thousand gallons of ethanol when it overturned on a roundabout on Hwy 59 in Milton. Rock Co. Haz-Mat has responded.

No one was injured in the incident. Nearby businesses have been evacuated due to the potential fire hazard.

Milton Police say the crews on the scene have determined the safest action is to let the tanker drain into a nearby retention pond. Officers say there is no environmental hazard in letting the ethanol drain into the pond.

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Posted Tuesday, November 27, 2012 --- 11:22 a.m.

Press Release from the Milton Police Department:

On today’s date at approximately 9:45am a tanker truck and trailer filled with ethanol overturned in the city of Milton on State Highway 59, approximately one mile East of State Highway 26. The semi-truck was Eastbound on 59, and overturned while negotiating a roundabout. The rollover has caused ethanol to be leaked from the tanker. This incident was not the result of a traffic accident.

As a result of the incident, Highway 59, East of Milton, will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.

The City of Milton Police Department, Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Milton Fire Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol are still on scene investigating. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been notified and their officials are responding to the scene.


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