Spilled Sewage Stinks Up Jersey Shore
JERSEY SHORE — A truck hauling human waste left a mess in Lycoming County when part of the load spilled.
A truck hauling human waste spilled as much as 300 gallons of waste across two miles of streets in Jersey Shore, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department.
It happened around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and posed a health hazard, said police.
Some people held their noses while crews went to work taking care of the spill that spanned more than two miles through the downtown.
A truck spread lime from one side of the borough to the other, but the you-know-what had already hit the fan.
The truck’s driver apparently did not realize he was spilling sewage throughout the borough. A sight glass that shows the level of waste inside the tank went missing, according to the owner of Conrad’s Vacuum Services. The spill created quite the stench throughout Jersey Shore.
Police said they’ve never seen a spill like this.
“No, not the whole way down through town,” said Captain Martin Jeirles of the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department.
The lime was meant to neutralize any harmful effects of the sewage that spilled but it also created a dust-cloud wherever you looked from Railroad Street on one end of town, along Allegheny Street to the other end.
“I saw a truck spreading lime up the street, behind a police car. So I figured, boy something is really up here,” said business owner Phil Bower.
State environmental officials were called in to investigate and said a piece of equipment on the septic truck was missing causing the spill. The driver said it was an accident and residents said it sure smelled like one.
“It’s a stinky situation, believe me. Better wash it down good, it’ll be slippery,” said Wayne Bottorf of Jersey Shore.
Fire crews got right to work, spraying away the lime along the two-mile stretch.
Meanwhile, drivers had to find ways around the main drag and the mess that covered the street.
“It was a mess. Traffic was backed up, and you had to take this road and that road, it was crazy,” said Pearl Stewart of Jersey Shore.
The kinds of sights and smells people in Jersey Shore hope they never have to endure again.
“Hope it rains pretty soon to wash it down the drain,” added Bottorf.
The cleanup will be an expensive one, according to police.
D.E.P. officials said the company hauling the waste, Conrad Vacuum Services, could be fined.
The truck was coming from the Lock Haven area and was headed to the sewage plant in the borough. It was hauling 900 gallons and lost about 1/3 of that before it arrived, according to workers at the plant.
Traffic was detoured while crews cleaned up the mess which wrapped up around 1 p.m.