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Fuel spills near wetlands
Monday, April 14, 2014
MADERA - A fuel tanker headed to a gas well site in Bigler Township yesterday afternoon lost control on a curve and overturned near the intersection of Deep Mine Road on Atlantic Avenue.
The driver, Michael R. Lynch of Washington, was not hurt in the single-vehicle accident, but firefighters and hazardous materials crews were on scene for several hours as they worked to clean up the mess.
Lynch was driving the vehicle for truck owner Coen Zappi, and he was hauling 4,600 gallons of diesel fuel when the crash occurred.
According to Dwayne Delattre, chief of Madera Fire Co., the fuel was leaking from the truck and had made its way into the ground. It ran under the roadway and was in a wetland area.
Firefighters used absorbent booms to contain the fuel and then made two containment dams into which they collected the fuel.
Eagle Environmental was called to the scene, as were the state Department of Environmental Protection and Clearfield County Emergency Management Agency. Madera Fire Co., Madera Fire Police and Rescue Hose and Ladder Co. of Curwensville were also on scene. Delattre said there were about 15 firefighters working to clean up the spill.
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