Oil spill cleanup underway in Covington County

COLLINS, Miss. (WHLT) — Officials are in Covington County working to clean up an oil spill.

Authorities tell us that more than 100 gallons of cooking oil spilled on Highway 49 South near Grand Paradise Water Park. We’re told that the truck driver had just picked up used oil from a Huddle House in the area.

He didn’t realize that the truck was leaking the oil until he was pulled over by Mississippi Highway Patrol near the Sanford community.

The Collins Special Response Team and MDOT are helping with the cleanup process. We’re told that local officials have been in contact with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. MDEQ is working to get an environmental cleanup contractor to come to the area that will clean up the remainder of the oil.

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