Gasoline spill clean-up expected to wrap up by end of the week

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Clean up of the Chassell Township gasoline spill is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the week according to the Enviromental Protection Agency.

By the time the project is finished it's estimated more than 3,000 tons of contaminated soil will have been removed and replaced from the Sturgeon River Bridge area on US-41.

The spill happened on February 3rd, when a four vehicle accident involving a tractor-semi caused more than 4,000 gallons of fuel to be released onto the roadway and surrounding areas.

One person was killed in the crash and no charges have been filed at this time.

According to Houghton County Sheriff 50-year-old David Hooper from Green Bay driving a semi tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel and gasoline from Green Bay, Wisc. was traveling northbound on US-41 near the Sturgeon River Bridge, when 40-year-old Jennifer Jennings-Shaud of L'Anse in a Toyota RAV SUV attempted to pass the fuel truck and lost control on the ice covered road.

The RAV SUV struck a southbound Honda CRV, driven by 45-year-old Christine Juntunen of Hubbell, head on, causing the Honda CRV to be pushed into the northbound lane and in the path of the fuel truck. The truck struck the Honda on the driver's side, killing Juntunen.

Another southbound vehicle was traveling within the crash zone and was struck as well. This Audi vehicle carrying 40-year-old driver Eric Trapp, 43-year-old Amanda Galetto and her 12-year-old son Brady Galetto, all from Hancock, did not sustain any injuries.

EPA testing shows no contamination in the Sturgeon River. Contaminated ice around the bridge has been safely removed.

When the clean up is completed the highway will be fully re-opened. US-41 is still currently down to one lane.



 
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