From: Channel 7 KATC
By Sarah Chaffin, Digital Executive Producer
By Alexis Rogers, Reporter
VILONIA (KATV) -A truck spilled 15 tons of drilling fluid after it overturned on Highway 64 in Faulkner County Wednesday morning.
According to Vilonia Emergency Management Director, Keith Hillman, the accident happened around 5 a.m. The incident occurred on the Highway 64 westbound bypass at Highway 107 near Vilonia.
“The guy went to sleep. The dump truck - I don't know how they haul that stuff - they overturned and everything just came out in it,” Hillman said. “He had a dump truck full of what they call 'fracking oil' that overturned. He went across the barriers there and through the median and overturned and spilled his load.”
Hillman said the M&M Environmental Oil Field Services truck was headed to a reclamation plant in El Paso. It took emergency crews more than 7 hours to get the contents of the truck off the highway.
“It was like a real thick molasses, but a whole bunch of it all across the whole road,” Hillman said. “It is a lubricant that they use during the fracking process. It's mainly water, dirt and a little bit of oil. It stinks a little bit, but there's no harm.” MORE