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A passerby reported a diesel fuel spill July 11 at a Prairie du Sac tanker refueling station that led to a significant cleanup effort along the Great Sauk State Trail.

Sauk Prairie Police and the Prairie du Sac Fire Department responded to the call at 12:55 p.m. at Midway Oil, 105 Water St., Prairie du Sac.

Police Officer Jeff Beck said the passerby noticed fuel spilling from a tanker at the station and reported the incident.

Beck said about 3-4 gallons of diesel spilled, and some of it made it into the storm sewer, which empties into a dry creek bed near the Great Sauk State Trail. It is not believed any of the fuel made it to the nearby Wisconsin River. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was notified of the spill and provided direction for cleanup.

Sauk Prairie Police Department Lt. Travis Hilliard said a substance called oil dry was used to absorb the fuel, and the area will be flushed out. Hilliard said the department’s role isn’t enforcement in this instance, but to ensure public safety.

“We do whatever they tell us,” Hilliard said of the DNR.

Beck said electricity was cut to Midway Oil and employees were evacuated across the street to ensure their safety.

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Sauk Prairie Eagle reporter