Semi with contaminated soil tips over in South Dakota

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say contaminated soil from a Keystone Pipeline leak site spilled out when a semi-trailer driver became distracted and tipped the rig in northeastern South Dakota.

The accident happened Friday morning near Britton. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the semi driver, 37-year-old William Connors of Show Low, Arizona, was distracted by an electronic device when he drifted onto the wrong side of the road, overcorrected and tipped.

Brian Walsh, scientist for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, tells the American News that cleanup was going well and he doesn't expect much impact to the environment.

The pipeline leak was reported in mid-November. An estimated 210,000 gallons spilled out of a buried pipeline on agricultural land in Marshall County.

The crash remains under investigation.

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