Septic truck rolls on side in Falmouth

fa060416aFALMOUTH – The Falmouth Police Department reports that at approximately 10:49 a.m. Saturday, a call came in about a rollover crash of what was reported to be an oil truck at the intersection of Sandwich Road and Turner Road. Falmouth Fire & Rescue personnel responded and found what was actually a septic tank truck on its side.

The roadway was temporarily shut down so that the leaking fluids from the truck could be contained. Falmouth Department of Public Works personnel responded to assist with road barricades and cleanup.

Falmouth Marine and Environmental Services was on scene and assisted Falmouth Police and Falmouth Fire & Rescue with notifying outside agencies. The contacted agencies included the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Environmental Police, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Department of Marine Services and Clean Harbors.

It is estimated at this time that as much as 500 gallons of the contents of the truck may have spilled into the roadway and a storm drain. The truck is owned by United Site Services of Sandwich. A company representative assisted with arranging for another truck to empty the remaining contents of the crashed vehicle, and a commercial towing company to remove the vehicle from the roadway.

There were no injuries in this crash. While it remains under investigation, speed does appear to have been a contributing factor.

Media release and photo provided by the Falmouth Police Department

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