Sewage spill closed highway Tuesday night

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | 5:08 p.m. CDT; updated 6:02 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 29, 2009

COLUMBIA — Route UU was closed for four hours Tuesday night after a car collided with a truck carrying sewage sludge, causing all 5,900 gallons of the muck to spill onto the highway.

At 7:50 p.m., a tractor-trailer going north on Route UU was struck by a car going in the opposite direction half a mile south of Denninghoff Road, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online traffic crash report.

The report stated that the car slid on the wet pavement into the bottom of the trailer and broke it open. It had been raining earlier in the evening.

The tractor-trailer, under contract with Oros & Busch Application Technologies, was hauling sludge from the Columbia Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to a farm in Callaway County, Public Works spokeswoman Jill Stedem said.

Eight Boone County firefighters, a fire engine and the hazardous materials unit responded with the help of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Missouri Department of Transportation and Pro Pumping and Hydrojetting also assisted in the cleanup.

After the areas of the spill was diked and dammed, a pump truck was called in to remove the waste. Lime was then spread in the ditches to kill any remaining bacteria.

“There are no health issues for people to be concerned about,” said Gale Blokenkamp, chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District Division .

The truck driver wasn’t injured, but the driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to University Hospital with minor injuries. She was treated and released.

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Lloyd Thomas July 29, 2009 | 8:31 p.m.

How much drained in to the water way which flows toward the karst area of Sinking Creek? Or did it go in to the Perche Creek side?

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Charles Dudley Jr July 30, 2009 | 4:32 a.m.

So much for your ground water supply huh?

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Mark Foecking July 30, 2009 | 8:29 a.m.

You know the sludge was going to a farm, right? To be more than likely spread on the ground as fertilizer?

The earth has ways of dealing with sewage deposited on the ground, and it's been doing it for millions of years. Ground water (as in a deep well) is hardly ever the source of water-borne disease. It's when people drink contaminated surface water that they get into trouble.


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