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Rhinelander Tanker Truck Rollover, Spill Could Impact River

A tanker truck leaked approximately 4,700 gallons of a cellulose-based substance after a rollover accident in Rhinelander Monday.

Captain Ron Lueneburg of the Rhinelander Police Department said the truck, owned by John’s Farm and Home of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, rolled over into a ditch spilling the contents of it’s tank. Police say the accident happened shortly after 7:00 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Highway 47 and Davenport Street.

According to Rhinelander area Department of Natural Resources Warden Jim Jung, the cellulose-based material that leaked from the truck has a “high sugar content” which could cause severe problems for fish and other aquatic life if it entered any area body of water.  The scene of the accident is only about a quarter of a mile from the Wisconsin River.

“We know that some of the material did get into the river and we are taking steps to try and make sure no more does,” Jung said. “When it enters the water it consumes a great deal of oxygen which then causes possible fish die-off and other problems.”

Police were unable to provide the identity of the truck’s driver. Lueneburg said the driver was apparently traveling too fast when he attempted to make a turn, causing the tanker to rollover. He was not injured in the crash.

If you have been injured in a Rhinelander rollover accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact a Rhinelander auto accident attorney of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

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