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Families worried about cleanup after Joelton fuel spill

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JOELTON, TN (WSMV) -

One family is homeless, another is worried about their health and both are concerned about a lack of answers after a trucker veered off Old Clarksville Highway and spilled hundreds of gallons of fuel.

Crews from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation responded to the scene and used foam to contain the spill within a few hours.

But more than two weeks after the crash, the cleanup is the problem, and the people who live nearby feel they are being ignored.

The fuel-saturated dirt has been slowly leaving the property near the crash. And, worse, the holding ditches filled with fuel overflowed because of the rain, sending all that fuel into Long Creek, which is now stagnant.

The Hawley family uses well water and is worried about contamination.

The Booker family, although everything looks OK on the surface, is actually homeless now.

"We wanted to make sure we have good water," said Lesa Booker.

Booker says for the first time in 22 years their well is not working, and that means no water and no home.

"Living at the Days Inn at Joelton is not a luxury life when you have a home," Booker said.

Both the Hawleys and the Bookers can't get answers.

TDEC is responsible for overseeing the cleanup, and Keenan Advantage - the trucking company - is responsible for the cleanup.

Still, the victims are not satisfied with the timetable or communications.

"If it was their home without water, they would be beating the bushes and screaming and hollering," Booker said.

TDEC says it does not regulate wells, and if there is a problem it's between Keenan Advantage and the homeowners.

As a courtesy, TDEC says, it tested both wells and found them to not be contaminated but stresses it's up to Keenan to make things right.

Keenan Advantage, out of Ohio, did not return calls from Channel 4 News for comment for this story.

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