Press Release: Hazmat Situation – Patrol Unit Collision

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Thursday 06-18-2015 at 12:42 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Miller responded to the intersection of North Branch Road and Lake Pleasant Road in North Branch (North Branch Township- Lapeer County) for a pickup truck that rolled over while towing an anhydrous tank.

It was established that a 17 year old from Fostoria was driving the truck. The anhydrous tank was being towed from a farm field within the immediate area to the agriculture facility in North Branch. It was determined that the driver performed a turn at an unsafe speed resulting in the vehicle overturning. The driver was not injured.

The anhydrous tank leaked gasses until shut off at a valve. North Branch Fire Department responded for the Hazmat situation. North Branch Fire Department and Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies blocked the roadway until a full assessment could be performed and the immediate area was deemed safe.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Poniatowski was assigned traffic detail at North Branch Road and Cedar Creek Road in North Branch. Deputy Poniatowski was out of his cruiser which was positioned within the roadway to block traffic. The patrol unit was fully marked with emergency lights activated in a clear vision area. The patrol cruiser was in this location for approximately 20 minutes prior to the collision occurring at 1:24 PM

A vehicle driven by a 30 year old Cass City female was traveling westbound on North Branch Road. The female struck the patrol car. Nobody was inside the patrol car (deputy not injured) and the driver sustained minor injuries to her legs. Deputies cited the driver and she was transported to McLaren- Lapeer for non-life threatening injuries.

The Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division is assisting with the original collision involving the pickup truck towing the anhydrous tank. Lapeer County 911 Center Dispatcher efficiently coordinated this situation involving multiple agencies. The area was deemed safe and normal traffic was allowed to resume around 2:00 PM.