Semi-trailer spills between 150 to 200 gallons of fuel near Sparta

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Courtesy of the Sparta Area Fire District.

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT)– A semi-trailer leaking fuel caused a portion of I-90 near Sparta to close for three hours Saturday as crews worked to contain the spill. The Sparta Area Fire District chief said the spill was around 150 to 200 gallons of diesel fuel.

Firefighters were dispatched to I-90 milepost 28 Eastbound on Saturday afternoon. According to a WisDOT incident notification, the incident happened at 5:23 p.m.

The driveshaft on the unit became detached, severing the fuel tank.

When Chief Mike Arnold arrived, the semi unit was pulled over onto the shoulder and leaking large amounts of diesel fuel. The semi lost a large amount of fuel in the driving lane on I-90.

The unit had just left Minnesota, so both tanks were full of fuel. The Fire District reported issues stopping the leak because of the severity of the damage to the tank. The other tank was also feeding into the damaged tank.

Approximately 1/8th of a mile of the driving lane had to be cleaned up from where the tank was severed to where it had pulled over.

The Wisconsin State Patrol, Monroe County 911 Center and PER Towing assisted at the scene.