Pest control pickup, SUV collide in Columbia County

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Insecticide spilled onto Washington Road on Wednesday afternoon after a wreck in Martinez.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue workers dump absorbent onto insecticide that spilled from a Borden Pest Control truck after a wreck at Washington and Flowing Wells roads.  Jenna Martin/Staff
Jenna Martin/Staff
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue workers dump absorbent onto insecticide that spilled from a Borden Pest Control truck after a wreck at Washington and Flowing Wells roads.

The driver of a Borden Pest Control Ford Ranger tried to turn left onto Flowing Wells Road and crossed in front of a Dodge Durango heading east on Washington Road. The driver of the Durango hit the Ranger, which dumped about 10 gallons of Bifenthrin onto the road.

Bifenthrin, also called Bifen, is highly toxic to fish but not to humans, Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Danny Kuhlmann said.

Firefighters covered the spill with absorbent.

No one was seriously injured in the crash, but children in the Dodge SUV complained of pain, said a Columbia County sheriff’s deputy at the scene.

The driver of the pest control truck, Brete Gunby, 40, of Augusta, was at fault in the wreck, police said.

An eastbound lane of Washington Road was closed as deputies directed traffic around the wreck.

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augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/02/11 - 07:03 pm
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Not what I saw, it looked to

Not what I saw, it looked to me like the Borden employees were the ones who covered the spill and contained it. They had their spill kits and absorbants.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 11/02/11 - 07:24 pm
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Good for you, augusta citizen

Good for you, augusta citizen - tell it like it happened and give the credit to whom it is due!

pommom38
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pommom38 11/02/11 - 07:42 pm
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Well dang then Augusta

Well dang then Augusta Citizen, the picture must be a mirage huh?!

Vito45
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Vito45 11/02/11 - 07:52 pm
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Whether they used it or not

Whether they used it or not the PCO's keep spill control materials on every truck as required by regulations.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/02/11 - 08:18 pm
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Yes Vito, that's what I saw,

Yes Vito, that's what I saw, Borden had the spill control materials and were using them, maybe the Fire Dept. did too, pommom38.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/02/11 - 08:56 pm
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Spills of all sorts of stuff

Spills of all sorts of stuff happen all the time. Just about every time there is a wreck there is gas or something else everywhere. I'm just glad no one was seriously hurt.

I'm sure the Borden folks took care of everything just fine.

David Parker
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David Parker 11/03/11 - 09:28 am
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NOW now, it's just spilt

NOW now, it's just spilt Bifen. Thanking my stars it wasn't milk.

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