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Insecticide spilled on Washington Road following wreck

Posted: November 2, 2011 - 6:28pm  |  Updated: November 3, 2011 - 8:42am
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters dump absorbent onto insecticide that spilled from a Borden Pest Control truck following a wreck Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Washington and Flowing Wells roads.  Jenna Martin
Jenna Martin
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue firefighters dump absorbent onto insecticide that spilled from a Borden Pest Control truck following a wreck Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Washington and Flowing Wells roads.

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Insecticide spilled onto Washington Road this afternoon following a wreck in Martinez.

The driver of a Borden Pest Control Ford Ranger attempted to turn left onto Flowing Wells Road and crossed in front of a Dodge Durango heading east on Washington Road. The driver of the Durango t-boned the Ranger, which dumped about 10 gallons of Bifenthrin onto the road.

Bifenthrin, also called Bifen, is highly toxic to fish, but not humans, Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Danny Kuhlmann said.

Firefighters covered the spill with absorbent.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but children in the Dodge SUV complained of pain, said a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy at the scene.

The driver of the pest control truck, Brete Gunby, 40, of Augusta, was at fault in the wreck, police said.

An eastbound lane of Washington Road was closed as deputies directed traffic around the wreck.

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