Fuel spill from tanker prompts multi-day cleanup in Berlin

Published on Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:53


BERLIN - Frontage Road reopened Sunday evening after a tanker rolled over, leaking fuel and prompting a mulit-day cleanup.

The incident was reported on Friday just before 5 p.m. in the area of Frontage Road near the Route 9 ramp. Local firefighters were dispatched to the area on the report of a fuel truck on its side, leaking gasoline. The original report indicated extrication might be involved, though the driver was later able to get out of the truck and was evaluated by an EMS crew.

Firefighters, who found that the truck was leaking fuel from all its tanker compartments, deployed hose lines to suppress the gasoline vapors and protect the area. They were able to slow the leak using a plug kit.

Because of the heat and the long duration of the response, a number of area firefighters were called in for mutual aid, which included those from Wethersfield, Cromwell, Rocky Hill, Newington and Hartford. Additionally, assistance was received from Berlin police, state police, the Hartford County Fire Coordinator, the state’s Department of Transportation and the Farmington CERT.

According to the Berlin Fire Department, crews were on scene “well into the night” while DEEP and Environmental Services offloaded the remaining fuel in the tanker and cleaned the scene up. It was not immediately clear how much fuel leaked from the tanker. The area was closed to traffic into Sunday afternoon as crews finished cleanup.

No injuries were reported by Berlin firefighters.

The local fire department, via its Facebook page, recognized the local Stop & Shop for donating cases of water to the responding crews and Fred Campanella, of Accurate Auto, for transporting the water to the scene. They also thanked the Newington Fire Department for the use of their command bus.

Further, dispatchers from Berlin and the Cromwell Fire District handled a number of requests to make sure crews on the scene had all the resources they needed.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 2 August 2020 19:53. Updated: Sunday, 2 August 2020 20:04.