Asphalt sealcoating is spread across a field near Libbey Road after a truck containing it turned on its side. The driver said he lost brakes as he came off of West Beach Road. Photo by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News-Times

Accident leaves a big mess for biz owner to clean up

An Asphalt Quality Sealers truck turned on its side Thursday, spilling asphalt sealcoating into a field.

The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Libbey Road near Penn Cove.

Driver Zac Lull said as he was coming off West Beach Road, his brakes became unresponsive, and he wasn’t able to slow down enough to make the turn onto Libbey without flipping the vehicle. No one was seriously injured.

David Callahan owns the property and fence damaged by the crash.

Callahan, who works nights, said he awoke to hear an ambulance and other first-responder vehicles outside. He expressed concern over the effect of the spill on his soil, but said he’s glad his fence was at least going to be replaced.

The corner of West Beach Road and Libbey Road sees a lot of accidents, and they often impact his property, he said.

Wesley Fann, owner of the asphalt sealer business, told Callahan he will oversee the cleanup of the field. Fann said he would use a backhoe to remove the affected dirt and bring in new topsoil.

A spokesperson from the Washington State Department of Ecology said once the asphalt sealcoating was released from the heated tank it became firm, which prevented it from seeping too deep into the ground. He said the spill shouldn’t impact the water and the cleanup by the company should be sufficient.

An Asphalt Quality Sealers truck turned on its side Thursday, spilling asphalt sealcoating into a field near Libbey Road. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

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