Thousands of gallons of human waste spill into north side creek after bridge collapse

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Officials are trying to clean up thousands of gallons of human waste that spilled into Holly Creek  on the north side of Indianapolis Thursday afternoon. They're also warning nearby residents to avoid the creek until the all clear has been given.

According to Curt Brantingham with the health department, a septic company was pumping out a private septic tank at a residence near 79th Street and Westfield Boulevard when the truck fell through a bridge over a creek.

Fire officials say the truck had spent about an hour at the home, sucking out its septic tank before trying to make that trip back across the bridge onto Westfield Boulevard.

After the bridge collapsed, the tanker busted open, spewing almost three thousand gallons of raw septic waste into the creek.

"Holly Creek eventually flows into White River about a quarter mile south of that spill site," said Adam Rickert with the Marion County Health Department.

Officials say the company that owns the truck did work quickly to contain what they could.

"When the spill happened, we coordinated quickly with the septic hauler and they sent out other resources to pump out the sewage from holly creek," said Rickert.

Health officials say this was just an accident and they don’t anticipate citing that tanker company for any violations. In the meantime, health department crews will be out at the scene during the next few days to keep testing for bacteria levels. They said in similar situations, things typically take about 72 hours to get back to normal.


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