CODY (WNE) — A tractor-trailer that slid off a road last Friday in Oregon Basin leaked a minor amount of molten sulfur but no toxic gases.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident along with the Cody Volunteer Fire Department and Cody Regional Health ambulance.
At 10:14 a.m. dispatch received a report of a tractor-trailer combination that slid off the road and was on its side in Oregon Basin at 238 Road 3EM. The caller said the trailer contained molten sulfur and it was possibly leaking.
The road conditions were hard-packed snow that had turned to ice. The truck driver appeared to have tried to veer right around a slight curve in the road while going down a slight grade and lost control going straight instead, according to the sheriff’s office. Once it left the roadway, it turned on its side with the trailer containing the sulfur nearly upside down.
A Marathon Oil employee certified to check chemical spills donned his hazardous material suit and went down to the truck to check for traces of toxic gases. He returned and said there was none present, but there was in fact a minor leak of the molten sulfur coming from the trailer.