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Workers continue cleanup of 300 gallons of diesel spilled near Manvel

Torn up landscape from the scene of the tanker accident along Interstate 29 north of Manvel Saturday morning. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald1 / 5
Tim Peterson of Dub Construction in Manvel, piles up mud during cleanup of the containment dike that Dub Construction built to contain the diesel spill on Saturday. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald 2 / 5
Tim Peterson fills up his third truck load of mud from the containment dike built around a culvert to keep spilt diesel full from entering. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald3 / 5
Tim Peterson of Dub Construction in Manville, piles up mud during cleanup of the containment dike that Dub Construction built to contain the diesel spill on Saturday. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald 4 / 5
Tim Peterson of Dub Construction in Manville, piles up mud during cleanup of the containment dike that Dub Construction built to contain the diesel spill on Saturday. Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald 5 / 5

MANVEL, N.D.—Cleanup continued Monday after a semi trailer damaged in a rollover spilled hundreds of gallons of diesel in a ditch Saturday morning about 1 mile north of Manvel.

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

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

The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department, Manvel Fire Department and Grand Forks Hazmat Response also responded to the scene. Those local first responders did a great job on reacting to the spill, Seuss said.

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