Ethanol spill forces evacuations, road closure in Township of Beaver Dam

Published: May. 11, 2022 at 11:47 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 7:47 PM CDT
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TOWNSHIPT OF BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WMTV) - An ethanol spill caused by a tractor-trailer crash in Dodge Co. led officials to close off the area surrounding a stretch of Hemlock Rd., in the township of Beaver Dam Wednesday.

Several homes in the area were evacuated and had their power shut off while crews clean up the scene, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened shortly before 9 a.m. along Hemlock Rd., between U.S. Hwy. 151 and Co. Road A. Investigators determined the semi was heading east when it went off the right side of the road and into a ditch. The 2019 Peterbilt struck a culvert and overturned.

The 59-year-old driver was not hurt in the incident, the Sheriff’s Office noted.

The Sheriff’s Office did not initially indicate how long clean-up was expected to take. At around 7:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said the power was restored and residents were allowed to return home.

The Beaver Dam Fire Department, Dodge County Emergency Management, Dodge County Highway Department, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Dodge County Emergency Response Team (DCERT) assisted at the scene.

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