Canola oil truck driver told Macon cops he knew load was leaky

The driver of a truck that leaked an estimated 1,100 gallons of canola oil on Macon roads last Tuesday morning apparently knew the truck was leaking.

Slippery roads led to multiple car wrecks.

A Bibb County sheriff’s report of the May 12 mishap notes that the driver, William Tanksley, 38, of Ellenwood, had tried to deliver his 19,000-pound load to a company on Mead Road in south Macon.

“The delivery was refused because a container was broken and leaking,” the report stated. “The driver’s boss at Prudential Carriers told him to bring the load back to Atlanta. The driver was aware his vehicle was leaking canola oil onto the road.”

Tanksley was charged with having an unsecured load after authorities followed the slick trail and caught up with the truck north of Forsyth.

According to the report, the cleanup cost Macon-Bibb County nearly $5,000 and tied up three deputies for eight hours.