Truck crashes, spills sewage near Meredith

Julie Lewis | The Daily Star Personnel from the East Meredith Fire Department and Gerster’s Towing in Davenport work at the scene of a truck crash on county Route 10 in East Meredith on Thursday.

State police are investigating a sewage spill that occurred Thursday afternoon on County Route 10 near Elk Creek Road in the town of Meredith.

The driver of the septic tanker, whose name and age are were not disclosed, was taken to Fox Hospital via American Medical Response for evaluation, said Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer.

Around 2:30 p.m., the driver rolled the septic tanker, which continued to go off the roadway, spilling 2,000 gallons of sewage, Dembinska said. The tanker also struck a Verizon telephone pole and a New York State Electric and Gas Corporation pole.

As of 8:15 p.m. Thursday, 19 customers were without power near Elk Creek Road in East Meredith, according to NYSEG’s power outage map. The estimated time of restoration was 9:45 p.m.

The septic tanker belongs to JB’s Line Cleaning and Plumbing Service, a waste-water and plumbing company serving central New York, according to its website. Its services include line cleaning, hydro jetting, septic and grease pumping, excavation and installation and repair of sewage pumps.

The road remains closed because the poles still need to be replaced, Dembinska said. The Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit was inspecting the truck for any mechanical errors and a state police at Oneonta officer was investigating the scene as of 8:15 p.m.

Dembinska said at the time there wasn’t a spill response team responding to the sewage. County Route 10 near Elk Creek Road is near several residences. It is also near Kortright Creek and Mine Brook.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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