Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Extra, Extra, News Flash.

I just thought that I might add a photo. The truck was full of sewage. The front lid is popped loose and the sewage ran out into the river.
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All those downstream of Redway, two thousand gallons of raw sewage, and fifty gallons of diesel just dumped in the South Fork of the Eel river. The truck went off the freeway at Hooker Creek and down over the frontage road. It spun around and broke almost in half and all the pieces ended up down over the riprap and stopped just with the drivers side wheel in the river. The driver climbed out the passenger side, his only apparent injury was a cut to his left hand and he was not transported to the hospital.

14 comments:

Eel River Ernie said...

The only good thing is that right now Mother Nature is on our side as long as the river is up(the South Fork is running almost 14,000 at Sylvandale) and it's still raining.

Ernie Branscomb said...

The solution to polution is dilution! And we've got plenty of that now.

I saw Redwood Times there, so there should be some photo's.

Hank Sims said...

Holy moly.

Greg said...

What Hank said.

Carol said...

Ditto!

Kym said...

At last the dang comment box opened up. For the last day, it's just been showing an empty rectangle--always on yours and A Beachcomber's Blog and sometimes on the other blog spot blogs.

Anyway, I'm glad the driver wasn't hurt and I'm glad I live way uphill from the Eel!

humboldtherald said...

Oh shit.

Two diesel spills in two months.

EkoVox said...

Ernie, remember when they used to oil the roads in the summer to keep the dust down?

Our road construction neighbor used to bring the oil truck down our private road every year. Then, we would play in the mud puddles and look at the rainbow of colors.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Yeah Ekovox, but look how we grew up.

When I lived on a dirt road in Redway I had a pump that would suck the oil out of the service station’s underground tanks. They were glad to get rid of it and I was glad to have it. My neighbor and I kept our road well oiled.

I heard a rumor the other day that oil comes right out of the ground, and in some places it just naturally seeps into the ocean. Shouldn’t there be some kind of a “super fund” to clean that up?

Greg said...

I remember oil trucks on dusty roads. Wonder what happened to all that oil?

Ernie Branscomb said...

It biodegraded. Really!

Fred said...

It must have biodegraded.

I may be remembering this wrong because I was a bit young to be changing oil back then, but I seem to remember people would often get rid of used motor oil by digging a hole, dumping the oil in it and filling it in with dirt. Anyone else remember that?

I also remember (and this I definitely remember) seeing a movie about mosquito abatement in elementary school back in the '60s. For the most part the film covered the problem of swamps and other standing water.

Solution: Dump used motor oil into the swamp. It would float on the surface and mosquito larvae couldn't reach the surface to breath so they'd die.

They showed swamps completely covered with used motor oil. Where'd all that oil go?

Fred said...

By the way: Congrats on your(?) picture being used in the Times- Standard today. I'm guessing that was your cellphone pic, anyway.

Ernie Branscomb said...

"By the way: Congrats on your(?) picture being used in the Times- Standard today. I'm guessing that was your cellphone pic, anyway."

Nope, Susan "Scoop" Gardner took the photo and it has noticeable higher quality.