Crash cleanup completed

CHASSELL — Cleanup and restoration operations have been completed at the site of a fuel spill at the Sturgeon River Bridge on Highway 41 south of Chassell, enabling the Michigan Department of Transportation to restore traffic to its normal two lanes at noon Tuesday.

The spill occurred on Feb. 3 as the result of a four-vehicle accident. An estimated 4,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel were released onto the roadway, snow-covered bridge embankments, and frozen river below, necessitating an 18-day cleanup and restoration project involving the coordinated efforts of local, state, federal and private partners. Local officials credited the fast actions of first responders for limiting the spread of the fuel spill and minimizing environmental impacts.