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Oily, smelly mess closes Goshen road; source unknown



For the Gazette
Monday, August 07, 2017

GOSHEN — Late Monday, Goshen’s Police and Fire departments were still searching for the source of a chemical spill that occurred Sunday night on Spruce Corner Road.

Catherine Skiba, a public information officer for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the chemical spill was reported at about 11 p.m. Sunday night. Oily, with a strong odor, the spill covered about two miles of the roadway, Skiba said.

By about 11:30 a.m. this morning, cleanup crews had removed most of it. Skiba said the department tentatively believes the spill was a pesticide compound and is treating the substance as a hazardous material.

“It’s still a mystery right now, because we don’t know what vehicle spilled this on the road or when,” Goshen Police Chief Jeff Hewes said. “It did smell pretty bad, but we don’t believe it’s a danger to anyone in the area right now.”

Spruce Corner Road was closed Monday morning at the corner of Route 116 for the cleanup. Though the majority of the spill was gone by then, the smell lingered. Horses and sheep in fields abutting the road stood in the far corners, their noses turned away from the pavement.