Augusta watches water supplies after I-95 spill

A tanker truck crashed along Interstate 95 in Augusta on Friday
morning, reducing traffic on the interstate to a single lane through
much of the day between the Western Avenue and Civic Center Drive
exits. The truck was hauling a full load of Nopcote, a liquid used in
papermaking, and much of the cargo spilled after the tank ruptured
when the truck overturned on its side off the breakdown lane. Maine
State Police say the driver, who escaped serious injury, likely fell
asleep.
Courtesy of Maine Department of Public Safety
A tanker truck crashed along Interstate 95 in Augusta on Friday morning, reducing traffic on the interstate to a single lane through much of the day between the Western Avenue and Civic Center Drive exits. The truck was hauling a full load of Nopcote, a liquid used in papermaking, and much of the cargo spilled after the tank ruptured when the truck overturned on its side off the breakdown lane. Maine State Police say the driver, who escaped serious injury, likely fell asleep.
A tanker truck crashed along Interstate 95 in Augusta on Friday
morning, reducing traffic on the interstate to a single lane through
much of the day between the Western Avenue and Civic Center Drive
exits. The truck was hauling a full load of Nopcote, a liquid used in
papermaking, and much of the cargo spilled after the tank ruptured
when the truck overturned on its side off the breakdown lane. Maine
State Police say the driver, who escaped serious injury, likely fell
asleep.
Courtesy of Maine Department of Public Safety
A tanker truck crashed along Interstate 95 in Augusta on Friday morning, reducing traffic on the interstate to a single lane through much of the day between the Western Avenue and Civic Center Drive exits. The truck was hauling a full load of Nopcote, a liquid used in papermaking, and much of the cargo spilled after the tank ruptured when the truck overturned on its side off the breakdown lane. Maine State Police say the driver, who escaped serious injury, likely fell asleep.
Posted Oct. 08, 2011, at 12:10 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Utility crews and state engineers are monitoring water supplies in Augusta a day after a tanker spilled hundreds of gallons of a papermaking chemical in an Interstate 95 crash.

Authorities say about 400 gallons of the chemical spilled into a ditch that feeds into Bond Brook. .

Brian Tarbuck of the Greater Augusta Utility District tells the Kennebec Journal that three wells that supply water to the area were immediately shut down Friday morning as a precaution. Two were reopened Friday afternoon. The third, which is closest to the accident, will remain off until Tuesday, when the utility district will be fully staffed.

He says there’s no reason to think the spill would have caused any short- or long-term health effects.

The aftermath of the crash spurred traffic woes well into the evening Friday, at one point leading to a five-mile jam on the Maine Turnpike.

According to the Morning Sentinel, as of late Saturday morning traffic was flowing normally again on Interstate 95 between the Bond Brook overpass and Exit 112 in Augusta.

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