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Who did it? Millstadt police have video of hazmat spill suspect

A still image from a surveillance video involving the hazmat spill in Millstadt; police believe the suspect’s truck is shown at the top.
A still image from a surveillance video involving the hazmat spill in Millstadt; police believe the suspect’s truck is shown at the top. Provided

Millstadt police are searching for a tow truck operator who they say caused a hazmat spill in town last week.

According to Lt. Alan Hucke, a surveillance camera at a nearby business captured a white tow truck which was pulling another vehicle at the time and place of the spill.

“The tow truck is pulling some sort of utility truck,” Hucke said. “You can see that the road is clean before the tow truck passed through. But after that, the road has (kerosene) on it.”

The kerosense, which is believed to have spilled from the truck being towed, took several hours to be cleaned up by a hazardous materials response team.

Hucke said police have been in contact will area towing companies to try to find the wrecker in question. But, so far, they have been unable to find the responsible driver.

The bulk of the spill, which happened at about 4 p.m., was on a 40-yard stretch on M And O Station Road in a residential neighborhood. But there is a strip mall near the intersection of the road with Illinois 158.

Police and fire trucks blocked the road there for about five hours while the St. Clair County Hazardous Materials response team cleaned up the mess.

Anyone with information about the spill is asked to call the Millstadt Police Department at 618-476-7250 or St. Clair County Emergency Management at 618-825-5780.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or 618-239-2626. Follow him on Twitter: @scottwuerzBND.

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