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UPDATE: Crooked River Cleanup Continues After Semi Rollover

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More progress today in Emmet county as clean-up crews continue to remove used cooking oil that leaked into the Crooked River.

It got there late Tuesday night after an accident in Alanson involving a pick-up truck and a semi that was hauling the oil.

The majority of the cooking oil ended up in the river near East Street.

Crews spent most of today skimming residue off the surface of the water.

That's expected to continue tomorrow.

Boats will be allowed down the river again starting Saturday, but they're asked to go slow.


THURSDAY 6:00 P.M. UPDATE: Environmental impact remains a concern, with used cooking oil still coating the surface of the Crooked River, in Alanson.

Cleaning companies spent the day working to contain and remove the oil from the river.

The E.P.A. expects cleanup to continue for at least another few days.

The river, between the Crooked River Lock and Burt Lake, will remain closed to boaters during that time.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council will continue to monitor water quality.

So far, oxygen levels in the water are ok, and there are no known fish kills.

9&10's Christina Vecchioni and photojournalist Eric Davis have the latest on the progress being made.


WEDNESDAY 6:00 P.M. UPDATE: Cleanup crews are sucking oil out of the most contaminated area of the river, near East Street.

Once that area is cleaned up, they will work their way downriver.

9&10's Christina Vecchioni and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson visited the scene today and have more details.


Crews in Emmet county are working to clean up a major spill after a late night semi accident.

The semi rollover happened around 11:00 last night, dumping used cooking oil into the road  that eventually got into the Crooked River.   

You can see the oil on the surface of the water today.

Details of the accident are still unclear, though the sheriff tells 9&10 News a pick-up truck was also involved.

The driver of the semi went to the hospital but has been released.

Even the coast guard and DEQ are at the scene right now.

They say bacteria feeding off of the cooking oil could deplete oxygen in the water.

For now the Crooked River Lock is closed to keep boaters out of the contaminated area.

We'll have continuing coverage tonight on 9&10 News at 5:00 and 6:00.


UPDATE: North U.S. 31 and M-68 are now open. Milton Road is no longer being used to reroute traffic.


Traffic in Emmet County is being rerouted because of a semi rollover on north U.S. 31 and M-68.

Right now details are limited, but we are told the accident happened sometime around 11 o'clock last night near Alanson.

Traffic is being rerouted to Milton Road.

Stay with 9&10 News both on air and on 9and10news.com for continuing updates and new information as this story develops.