150 gallons of fuel spilled in Northport accident, according to DEP

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted July 17, 2011, at 12:32 p.m.

NORTHPORT, Maine — A Maine Department of Environmental Protection official said this weekend that about 150 gallons of fuel spilled in an accident Friday morning on U.S. Route 1.

A neighborhood was evacuated and the major coastal thoroughfare was closed for about seven hours while emergency crews worked to clean up the spill.

The accident had happened when the driver of a fuel truck owned by Thompson’s Oil and Propane of Waldo had swerved to avoid hitting a car that pulled out in front of him, according to police. The truck, which could hold more than 4,000 gallons of gasoline, tipped over on the shoulder of the road and landed on its side in a ditch.

Samanthan DePoy-Warren of the Department of Environmental Protection said Sunday that about 100 gallons of gas spilled and 50 gallons of the truck’s own diesel fuel.

Agency staff oversaw the fuel in the tipped-over truck being offloaded to another vehicle on Friday, she said.

The truck was taken from the scene of the accident at about 4 p.m., and after that, agency officials oversaw the work of cleanup firm Clean Harbors Environmental, which has an office in Hampden.

The crews cleaned up any contaminated soil, according to DePoy-Warren, who said that the department receives nearly 3,000 calls about oil or hazardous waste spills each year.

Police said Friday that residents of nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution against a possible explosion. They were able to return to their houses by 3:30 p.m. that afternoon, about seven hours after the spill had happened.

BDN reporter Heather Steeves contributed to this report.

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