The White County Sheriff ’s office was notified on Saturday evening, January 5, about oil being leaked all over White County. Deputy Sheriff Randy Graves was able to locate the truck, which looked as if the rear valve was left open.
The oil leak started at the location of 1500 E and 1175 N, where the truck headed north on 1500 E to the intersection of at 165 0 N. The truck then turned onto1650 and headed east., then turned onto 1600 E, heading north. It then crossed Rte. 1 and the oil leak stopped at 1600 E and 1950 N. The ditches all seemed clear.
White County Engineer Brian Ray was notified and responded to the scene with a truck of sand to cover the oil. White County trucks, along with Hawthorne Township Road Commissioner Jeff Kisner responded to apply sand.
It was determined that Wildcat Tank Truck Services was the originator of the oil spill. Apparently, the rear 4 inch nipple was rotten and had broke while the truck was driving down the highway. Driver James Earl did not know the truck was leaking crude oil because it was dark outside when it happened. The truck originally had 500 gallons of crude oil in it.