There's no use crying over spilled milk in Monroeville

MONROEVILLE - Got milk? If so, make sure it's not the 20 gallons of milk and ice cream a Willard truck driver lost in the heart of Monroeville. The milk leaked out of the truck and was "pouring down" the sides of the tanker. A large amount was in the road at the corner of U.S. 20 and Ohio 547.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

MONROEVILLE - Got milk? If so, make sure it's not the 20 gallons of milk and ice cream a Willard truck driver lost in the heart of Monroeville.

The milk leaked out of the truck and was "pouring down" the sides of the tanker. A large amount was in the road at the corner of U.S. 20 and Ohio 547.

The Huron River Joint Fire District had the April 9 mess cleaned up in less than 30 minutes.

Chief Ronald Stang said the milk didn't smell bad at the time, "but did late in the day." Nobody else fulfilled the clich of crying over the spilled milk, however he said "the driver was (crying) because he got arrested."

Eugene A. Weilnau, 52, was charged with driving with an insecure load and released. The Willard man told authorities he should have checked the hatch prior to leaving, which he usually does.

Someone originally notified police because he suspected the truck had leaked gasoline.

Sgt. Frank Gleason said the April 9 incident is the first time he has experienced a spilled milk incident since joining the police department in 1996.

Stang, with the fire department since 1965, said firefighters might try a new technique if there is another milk spill in Monroeville.

"We're going to buy a bunch of cats and leave them at the station," he said.