Aluminum-laden truck found in Keystone Lake
ATWOOD — A stolen tri-axle truck loaded with aluminum construction materials was dumped — fully loaded — into Keystone Lake Tuesday afternoon, leaving a rainbow-colored sheen on the water, said John Poister, a spokesman for the southwest region of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
State police in Kittanning reported a black, 1994 Mack truck belonging to Keystone Country Concrete Foundations in Brookville was stolen from Route 210 in Plumcreek Township between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday. They provided no additional details.
The company is a family-run business owned by Chad Hannah and Chad Hannah II. Neither was available for comment this morning.
Poister said the truck was found in about 15 feet of water Tuesday afternoon. DEP was called around 4 p.m., he said.
He said state police dive teams searched for but did not find any driver in the truck, and that the vehicle was towed out of the water around 8 p.m.
Because gusty winds today could spread the spilled fluids across the lake, he said DEP called McCutcheon Enterprises out of Apollo to soak it up.
Poister said he did not believe the saddle tanks on the truck were full, and so the incident was “not a tremendous spill.”
The lake is a popular fishing spot and a high quality waterway, he said.
“It’s filled with all kinds of fish,” Poister said. “You never like to see something like this happen.”
Owned by Gen-On Energy, it is also used by the Keystone Generating Station to cool generators.