Tanker hauling 10,000 pounds of propane crashes on M-68
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:07:40 GMT —
A portion of M-68 near East Tower Road in Forest Township is back open after crews spent most of Wednesday cleaning up after a propane truck and a car collided.
According to the Cheboygan County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning when a 2003 Chevrolet Impala, driven by an Onaway woman, crossed the center line into the path of the truck.
The truck hit the car just behind the driver's side front seat which split the car in two. The truck rolled onto its ride side, sliding down M-68 for 200 feet before stopping. The jaws of life had to be used to get the driver out of the truck.
The drivers of both cars were taken to the hospital where they are both expected to recover, officials say.
The tanker was hauling about 10,000 pounds of liquid propane, officials say. That propane remained contained, but will need to be transferred to another tanker.
Crews said the road will be shutdown for several hours while crews make that transfer.
The Sheriff's Office said alcohol may have played a factor in the crash. Driver's name are not being released at this time.
The crash remains under investigation.
Onaway High School typically allows students to leave campus for lunch, but due to the crash and traffic concerns, they closed campus over the lunch period as a precaution. Other schools in the district were not affected.
We want to clarify an emergency notification related to this crash.
Around 5-30 -- the cheboygan county emergency manager sent information to the national weather service.. advising an evacuation of homes within a half mile radius of the crash.
The national weather service experienced technical difficulties which caused a vague evacuation message for *all of cheboygan county with key details left out.
As this was an emergency message... it was broadcast over our air without our control.
we apologize for any confusion this may have caused.