MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Fire Department responded to Sheffield Road just before 7 a.m. on Aug. 8 for a rollover accident involving an overturned lawn care truck.
The truck was carrying 200 gallons of a pesticide known as bifenthrin, with an initial reported concentration of 7.9 percent. Approximately 50 gallons of the pesticide spilled from the truck when it oveturned. It was determined that the company’s “recipe” for application of bifenthrin was a concentration of .057 percent.
The chemical is known to be hazardous when inhaled or when in contact with skin, so precautionary protection was utilized by MFD personnel. The vehicle was righted and the spilled product was contained via an internal sump in the truck. The NH Department of Environmental Services was notified of the spill, and indicated that TruGreen could remediate the spill. MFD personnel were decontaminated.
The road remains closed between South Willow and Harvey Road until the work of cleaning up the spill is completed. We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.