A 100-gallon sewage spill occurred recently after a driver caused a three-vehicle collision, shutting down a major road in Royal Palm Beach and injuring two individuals.
The incident affected all of Okeechobee Boulevard’s westbound lanes from Lakeview Drive onwards, resulting in commuters diverting through various neighborhoods as traffic investigators worked until midafternoon. The road’s eastbound lanes, however, remained open.
Palm Beach County Sheriff officials were not able to identify any witnesses to the accident. The identities of the involved drivers were not yet released as of Friday evening, and no update was given on the condition of the two injured individuals who were taken to nearby hospitals.
According to Jay Garfield, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy, a 27-year-old man was driving eastbound on Okeechobee Road a little past 8:45 a.m. in a green Honda sedan, when he suddenly lost control of his car due to unknown reasons.
The Honda crashed into a gold-colored SUV that was also traveling east, before crossing the median and ramming into the front of a Dawson-Williams Septic Servicers truck that was traveling west.
The crash resulted in the truck tipping over, spilling some of its contents and trapping the driver inside the truck. The driver was taken to Loxahatchee’s Palms West Hospital to seek treatment for minor injuries.
A Trauma Hawk transported the driver of the Honda to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.
The driver of the SUV sustained no injuries.
Garfield also that a German shepherd puppy had to be pulled out of the green Honda, but the animal was uninjured.
According to Capt. Albert Borroto, spokesman of the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, roughly 100 gallons of sewage leaked out from the vehicle before the leak was contained. The spill, however, did not cause any health or environmental hazards.
All westbound lanes remained shut down all morning as a tow truck and rescue workers initially attempted to hoist the septic truck back upright. Since the septic truck tank was half-full, however, they brought in a second truck to offload the remaining sewage before hoisting it back upright and towing it away so as not to spill further contents onto the roadway.
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