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[ISP] Citizen Spots Truck Leaking Contaminated Soil in Parke County
Start Date: 1/23/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/23/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Parke County—This morning at 11:24, Indiana State Police troopers and Parke County agencies responded south of Rockville on Catlin Road near County Road 200 South for a report of a dump truck leaking soil onto the roadway.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Mack Dump truck owned by MZ Transport of Greenwood, Indiana and driven by 48-year-old Timothy Parke of Jamestown, IN. was northbound on Catlin Road from CR 400 South. A witness following the dump truck noticed the rear dump gate was ajar and the truck was losing soil all over the roadway. The citizen was able to gain the attention of the driver who stopped the truck near CR 200 South and then call the Parke County Sheriff’s Office.

Moments later, Parke County Sheriff’s deputy Shay Vandivier and ISP Trooper Michael Organ arrived and determined the lost cargo was crude oil contaminated soil from a clean-up site near Catlin Road and CR 400 South. The officers closed the roadway to traffic and summoned ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Trooper Brent Hoover to the scene for an inspection of the vehicle and driver. During the inspection, Timothy Parke was cited for Leaky Load and issued warnings for miscellaneous other infractions, then placed out of service.

Officers were able to determine approximately five tons of the soil had been lost over a nearly two mile stretch of Catlin Road. A hazardous material crew was sent to the scene for clean-up with the road expected to be closed for about three hours.

There is no information available concerning the site where the load originated. It is believed the site may belong to Marathon Oil Company and any questions concerning the site should be directed to Marathon Oil. The trucking company was apparently an independent contractor for the clean-up.

Assisting was the Parke County Emergency Management Agency.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Joe Watts
Phone: 765-653-4114
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