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Cleanup continues in tanker crash in Waterloo
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Cleanup continues in tanker crash in Waterloo

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WATERLOO – Cleanup continues after a fuel tanker truck piloted by a naked man crashed into a Waterloo home Thursday, sending thousands of gallons of diesel flowing down city streets and sparking evacuation of a neighborhood.

Environmental service contractors hired by Kwik Trip/Kwik Star have been working to remove the fuel from the earth and water downhill from the crash scene at 1420 E. Ridgeway Ave.

Crews from West Central Environmental Consultants removed soil from the scene and flushed storm sewer lines in the area wFriday. Boom equipment was set up in Dry Run Creek at Liberty Park to skim diesel fuel from the stream and load it into trucks.

Another group from WCEC has been stationed downtown where Dry Run flows into the Cedar River.

Police continue to investigate the Thursday morning collision, and the accident reports indicate a warrant will be issued for reckless driving other charges.

Authorities said the incident started around 6:15 a.m. Thursday with a disturbance at the Kwik Trip biofuel blending facility in the 2100 block of Ridgeway Avenue where a naked man had crashed a semi cab into a wooded area and then climbed into a tanker truck loaded with 7,600 gallons of diesel. He sped off east down Ridgeway Avenue, according to the crash report.

Officers responding to the call saw the driver pass them around National Drive, pumping his fist in the air, the report states.

The semi was traveling around 70 mph when it blew through a red light at West Ninth Street. It swerved into the oncoming lane because of traffic stopped at Hammond and Ridgeway and struck a southbound minivan.

The tanker truck driver lost control, clipped a trailer pulled by another vehicle and slid into two parked SUVs in a driveway before crashing into the house, the report states.

The resident was asleep and escaped injury, and Waterloo firefighters had to cut the tanker driver free of the wreckage.

Photos: Fuel tanker crashes into Waterloo home

A fuel tanker crashed into a Waterloo home just before 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020.

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Waterloo firefighters at the scene of a fuel tanker crash on Thursday, Aug. 20. The tanker crashed into a home at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues.

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Firefighters worked to free the driver of a fuel tanker that crashed into a home at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues in Waterloo.

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Waterloo Police at the scene of a fuel tanker crash at Ridgeway and Hammond avenues in Waterloo.

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A Kwik Trip fuel tanker crashed into a Waterloo home at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues just before 6:45 a.m. Thursday in Waterloo.

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Waterloo firefighters work at the scene after a fuel tanker truck crashed into a home Thursday at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues.

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Waterloo firefighters at the scene of a fuel tanker crash on Thursday, Aug. 20. The tanker crashed into a home at Hammond and Ridgeway avenues.

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Waterloo Police at a fueling facility on Ridgeway Avenue where a disturbance occurred before a fuel tanker crashed into a Waterloo home on Thu…

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Waterloo Police at a fuel facility on Ridgeway Avenue where a disturbance occurred just before a fuel tanker crashed into a Waterloo home.

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Police who were headed to a disturbance at a Kwik Star fuel facility on Ridgeway Avenue were notified about a fuel tanker striking Waterloo ho…

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Kwik Star fuel blending facility under construction on West Ridgeway Avenue. Photographed Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Waterloo, Iowa.

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Crews from West Central Environmental Consultants flushed storm sewer lines and set up equipment to skim fuel from Dry Run Creek Friday follow…

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Crews from West Central Environmental Consultants flushed storm sewer lines and set up equipment to skim fuel from Dry Run Creek Friday follow…

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Crews replace contaminated soil with clean dirt Wednesday about a week after a biodiesel tanker crashed into a home at 1420 Ridgeway Ave., Waterloo.

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