PICS: Tanker crashes, spills 6K gallons of milk in Polk Co.

Credit: Kyle Rhodes

POLK CO., N.C. (WSPA) – About 6,000 gallons of raw milk spilled after a tanker truck crashed on I-26..

The accident happened just before 7 a.m. Saturday.

Landon Davidson, regional supervisor with NCDEQ, said the tanker crashed in the eastbound lane of I-26, near mile marker 61.

He says crews recovered 500 to 600 gallons of milk out of a storm water ditch at the crash site, but milk flowed into Cove Creek.

The milk has gone downstream and entered Green River where a game warden was monitoring the spill on Saturday evening.

Davidson says the raw milk will continue to dilute as it moves downstream.

Officials are mainly concerned about the impact to fish and aquatic insects.

Davidson says that as the milk degrades, it removes oxygen from the water. Decreased oxygen can endanger fish and aquatic insects.

There had been no fish kills as of Saturday evening.

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