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Truck Spills 100 Gallons Of Diesel Fuel On Trip Through Mahwah

FD Hazmat team spent two hours clearing spill along Routes 287, 17 and other township roads

A flatbed tractor trailer apparently traveling to a spilled between 50 and 100 gallons of leaking diesel fuel on a handful of Mahwah roadways Thursday morning, Assistant Fire Chief Brad Stio said.

“Apparently, the driver did not know there was a leak from either his fuel tank or fuel pump,” Stio said. “So, he drove from 287 to 17 to West Ramapo Ave., turned around to get back on 17, and went to Macarthur [Boulevard] and Ridge Road spilling fuel the whole way.”

According to Stio, the truck driver called township responders at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, after reaching his destination on Ridge Road and realizing he had a leak.

took about two hours to clean up the spill along the truck’s entire route, Stio said. "We did shut a few ramps temporarily, so there were some slight traffic back ups, but nothing huge."

County Hazmat teams also responded to the scene.

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Nick August 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I hope the company responsible picks up the tab for this mess.
Mahwah Resident August 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM
yup, not sure what kind of truck this was ro how professional the trucking company is but usually good drivers do at least a cursory inspection before driving off. obviously somebody forgot...
Hank August 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I don't think the driver is going to crawl under the truck to inspect a crossover line.
Suzy August 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I think it was very responsible of the driver to call in to report the fuel leak. Having been in the trucking business, even after an inspection a fuel line can crack of come loose, and since the driver realized it and followed the proper procedures I think we can say he/she was very professional.
Suzy August 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM
*or, not 'of'. I need more coffee!
Andy Schmidt August 30, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Agreed, Suzy! We've had incidents in the recent past where operators tried to get away with it.

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