By Matt Montgomery
The Piedmont Police Department was notified last Sunday evening that a John Deere tractor had leaked what appeared to be hydraulic fluid down a three-quarter mile stretch of Piedmont Road ending near Apache Road. Police directed traffic west and eastbound down Apache while a hazardous materials crew and the Piedmont Fire Department used a drying material to dry the roadway and make it safe for travel.
Piedmont Police Chief Alex Oblein said a Piedmont Police Officer initially saw a vehicle sliding awkwardly down the road, and at about that same time the police department received a call about the situation.
“We initially responded and called the fire department because it was more of a haz-mat deal,” Oblein said. “It wasn’t really a criminal matter because there hadn’t been an accident yet and there probably would have been if we didn’t get the road blocked off.”
He said the fire department called the hazardous materials crew to assist them in the clean up.
Oblein said his officers eventually found the tractor in a field, off of the roadway.
“My understanding was the spill went on anywhere from half to three-quarters of a mile,” he said. “It pretty much covered the whole road.” Read more →