Workers continue cleanup of 300 gallons of diesel spilled near Manvel

MANVEL, N.D.-Cleanup continued Monday after a tractor-trailer damaged in a rollover spilled hundreds of gallons of diesel in a ditch Saturday morning near Manvel, about 12 miles north of Grand Forks.The spill, which was estimated at 250 to 300 ga...

MANVEL, N.D.-Cleanup continued Monday after a tractor-trailer damaged in a rollover spilled hundreds of gallons of diesel in a ditch Saturday morning near Manvel, about 12 miles north of Grand Forks.

The spill, which was estimated at 250 to 300 gallons, was contained within the waterlogged ditch and the diesel removed from the area, state Spill Response Program Manager Bill Seuss said.

During the initial cleanup, crews constructed a containment dike to prevent the spill from spreading. A pumper truck was used to vacuum diesel and water from the ditch.

"Once it kind of dries up a little bit, we'll have to get back in there and do some soil sampling to make sure we don't have any residual soil impacts," Seuss said. "I would be very surprised if we do."

A North Dakota Health Department Spill Response Team member is expected to test soil in the ditch this coming week, he added.

Meanwhile, crew members from Dub Construction of Manvel continued clearing away the containment dike Monday, hauling away truckloads of mud from the area in the process.

Multiple agencies responded to the Saturday crash, which happened around 10 a.m. The semi, driven by a 45-year-old man from St. Thomas, N.D., left the road for unknown reasons and rolled, according to a report from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The trailer was punctured during the rollover and began leaking diesel.

The truck driver, whose name was not released by authorities, was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks for injuries. The semi-truck and trailer were totaled in the accident.

Highway Patrol staff responding to the rollover weren't available to give updates on the incident Monday.