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Driver injured, leachate spilled during crash in Coventry

COVENTRY — A crash in Coventry early Friday morning sent one person to the hospital and left a tanker compromised and leaking fluids and leachate near the Black River.

Police were alerted at around 3:00 a.m. of a crash on US Route 5 near the intersection of Route 14.

Jean Paul Lamoureux, 64, of Newport, was driving a Kenworth 800 truck when he came across black ice and crashed.

While Lamoureux was outside the truck deploying safety triangles, a loaded leachate tanker was unable to stop.

The driver, Onnie Hart, 31, of Newport, tried to maneuver the truck to safety and lost control.

Lamoureux was transported to North Country Hospital for head and leg injuries, police say.

State hazmat teams were dispatched to the scene.

The tanker was compromised and lost several fluids including oil, hydraulic fluid, diesel fuel, and leachate.

Route 5 remained closed until the scene was cleared and both vehicles were removed from the roadway.

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  1. Apparently there is a criminal investigation into this environmental accident. Interesting that the article fails to mention Casella Waste Systems, MBI, or the Coventry landfill. Leachate is a very toxic array of liquids from the landfill. This is the kind of poor management of its current operations that certainly makes the residents of Dalton unwilling to allow this company to create a 180-acre landfill next to Forest Lake. Casella Waste Systems has a very poor reputation and we do not want this kind of misconduct and environmental catastrophe occurring in our neck of the woods. Leachate tanker leaving the landfill at 3am would appear to be a violation of permitted work hours and hopefully DEC is looking into this and does more than simply fine Casella Waste Systems. #SaveForestLake!


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