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Updated: 5:09 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | Posted: 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PUCO fines trucking company $3K for ammonia leak

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By Breaking News Staff and Steven Matthews

Staff Writer

SIDNEY —

The trucking company that caused Interstate 75 in Shelby County to shut down for six hours last week due to a chemical leak has been fined $3,000.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio announced Tuesday that it has fined Hausbeck Brothers, Inc. for a violation of "release of hazardous materials from package."

Anhydrous ammonia was leaking from a relief valve on top of the tank around mile marker 92 in Sidney on June 17.

About 5,000 people were evacuated and some businesses were forced to close within a one-mile radius of the leak.

The company has 30 days to pay the fine or request a conference with PUCO to dispute the violation, according to PUCO spokesman Matthew Schilling.

The driver of the truck was David Turner.

Hausbeck Brothers, Inc. is based out of Reese, Mich. Company officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

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