On 4/3/2022 at approximately 11:00am, Kalamazoo Public Safety Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash at Portage and Alcott St. PSO’s arrived to find a motorcycle had struck a semi-truck. During the crash, the motorcycle struck the fuel tank on the semi-truck which caused approximately 40 gallons of diesel fuel to leak onto the street. A portion of the fuel leaked into the storm drain before Public Safety and Public Works personnel arrived to stop the leak. There were no injuries reported in the crash.
Public Safety personnel immediately contacted State and Local Authorities to mitigate the release. Several prevention measures were set in place along the affected waterways. However, a no contact advisory is being issued to the following portions of Portage Creek:
- Portage Creek from Alcott St. downstream to the Kalamazoo River
- Kalamazoo River from Michigan Ave. North to the Gull St. Bridge
All persons are advised to avoid contact with the waterways listed above until further notice.