This Day in History: Crews use 3.5 tons of Dawn dish soap in 1998 to clean animal fat from highway

In 1998, a tanker truck carrying animal fat overturned on Interstate 74 in Cincinnati. The truck spilled 6,700 gallons of fat over the stretch of 5 acres on the highway.A stretch of the interstate was closed for 3.5 days while a host of companies and crews cleaned the mess.Officials found the most success after using Dawn dishwashing liquid to clean the mess.Crews used 3.5 tons of Dawn to clean the mess. At the time it was $12,000 worth of dish soap at retail prices.Officials had to use instruments and perform a skid test to make sure the highway was clear for cars to resume using it. The cost for the entire cleanup project was around $500,000. Police said the driver’s speed is what caused the accident. See video of the cleanup in the player above.

In 1998, a tanker truck carrying animal fat overturned on Interstate 74 in Cincinnati.

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The truck spilled 6,700 gallons of fat over the stretch of 5 acres on the highway.

A stretch of the interstate was closed for 3.5 days while a host of companies and crews cleaned the mess.

Officials found the most success after using Dawn dishwashing liquid to clean the mess.

Crews used 3.5 tons of Dawn to clean the mess. At the time it was $12,000 worth of dish soap at retail prices.

Officials had to use instruments and perform a skid test to make sure the highway was clear for cars to resume using it.

The cost for the entire cleanup project was around $500,000.

Police said the driver’s speed is what caused the accident.

See video of the cleanup in the player above.

Contributed by local news sources

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