Weekly Flush: Septic Truck Crashes Into Creek After Brake Failure

In this week's septic-related news, a septic truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a creek; and 12 families in a Florida trailer park are without water because their landlord hasn't repaired the septic tank.

Weekly Flush: Septic Truck Crashes Into Creek After Brake Failure

A septic truck in West Harrison, Indiana, recently got mangled after crashing into a creek. The driver was unharmed and says the brakes went out on the truck while it was heading down a hill toward Logan Creek.

New Trenton Fire Chief Nate Hudelson says the driver is lucky to be alive. “The driver is miraculously OK. He’s up and walking. He should probably go buy a lottery ticket and go to church in the morning.”

Although no sewage spilled into the creek, crews were working to remove diesel fuel and oil from the water.

Interestingly, there were workers in the creek when the accident occurred. They say they heard a loud noise and saw the truck jump the creek’s bank before dialing 911.

A dozen families in Milton, Florida, are without water service because the owner of a mobile home park hasn’t fixed the community’s septic tank.

The owner used to live there, but left due to health problems, according to a Santa Rosa county commissioner. “The family came down from South Carolina and took her back home and been unresponsive to all requests either from the judiciary or the county,” he tells WEARTV.

Documents from the Florida Department of Health show that an investigator visited the park four times since last fall because the septic tank hadn’t been fixed.

Residents in the town of Glen Lake, New York, are trying to fight a law proposed by town officials that would require the testing of onsite systems when an owner sells a property on the waterfront.

Those proposing the law say it addresses the issue of failing septic systems polluting the lake and argue those selling the homes could use some of the income from the sale to fund system repairs or replacement.

But residents are saying they’d like to transfer their properties to their next of kin without having to get their septic systems replaced.


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