Semi-Truck Rolls Over Embankment, Closes Road in Grand Traverse County

A popular Grand Traverse County road is closed after a semi-truck flipped over.

We have been on the scene bringing you the latest since 7 a.m.

Garfield Road between Three Mile and Rusch Road has been closed for hours.

Multiple crews are still on scene cleaning up.

That’s because the truck was carrying a water based paint used for road lines and is now draining into a local creek, raising concerns.

The truck was heading towards Three Mile when the driver lost control, taking out a guard rail before overturning in a ditch.

The truck is completely crushed and overturned.

Grand Traverse Metro assistant fire chief tells us the driver was able to pull himself out before crews got here and only has minor injuries.

Right now, the paint spilling into the creek is a concern.

The DEQ, EPA and Northern A1, an environmental clean-up company, are all on scene.

Right now it’s being stopped by a pond.

“We had approximately five totes that hold 275 gallons. It’s uncertain the total quantity, but it’s several hundred gallons of paint,” said Assistant Fire Chief Steve Apostal. “We do have a clean-up company on site and, right now, the paint is draining into the creek area here, but it’s holding up in a retention pond further downstream.”

We will continue working to bring you details on the impact this crash and the paint spilled could have on the environment.