Trash truck crash causes diesel spill in Bar Harbor

A truck hauling trash to the Bar Harbor transfer station went off of the road and crashed into Cromwell Harbor Brook on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The driver was injured in the accident and an unknown amount of diesel fuel leaked into the stream.
A truck hauling trash to the Bar Harbor transfer station went off of the road and crashed into Cromwell Harbor Brook on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The driver was injured in the accident and an unknown amount of diesel fuel leaked into the stream.
Posted May 28, 2012, at 4:54 p.m.
The Bar Harbor Fire Department was forced to deploy three sets of booms as well as absorption pads to attempt to soak up diesel fuel that entered Cromwell Harbor Brook following a trash truck crash on Sunday, May 27, 2012.
The Bar Harbor Fire Department was forced to deploy three sets of booms as well as absorption pads to attempt to soak up diesel fuel that entered Cromwell Harbor Brook following a trash truck crash on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A trash disposal truck en route to Bar Harbor’s transfer station went off the road on Sunday and crashed into a small stream, injuring the driver and spilling diesel fuel into the water.

The incident happened around 8:45 a.m. on Great Meadow Drive. The truck apparently missed the entrance to a small bridge over Cromwell Harbor Brook, went through a guardrail, over a rock retaining wall and into the stream.

Bar Harbor fire and rescue crews extricated the driver from the truck and transported him to a local hospital for treatment. No information about the driver was available on Monday.

Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Bartlett said the truck’s fuel tank ruptured during the crash, causing an unknown amount of diesel to leak into Cromwell Brook. The fire department deployed booms as well as absorption pads in several locations below the bridge to attempt to capture the fuel.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection also responded to the accident to assist with the diesel cleanup.

The booms were still in place Monday afternoon and there was a noticeable smell of fuel near the stream. The stream empties into the ocean about one-half mile below the crash site.

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