By Michael Gagne
BERLIN — Frontage Road was closed after a gasoline truck rolled over when its driver had attempted to turn onto the Route 9 North on-ramp Friday evening, spilling an estimated 8,600 gallons of fuel onto the roadway.
According to State Police Troop H, a call reporting the rollover came in shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.
First responders from Berlin, including police and firefighters had initially been called out to the scene.
Officials said the tanker appeared to have been full when the rollover occurred, although it wasn't clear what type of fuel had spilled onto the roadway and exactly how much had spilled.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's emergency response unit was also dispatched to the scene.
DEEP spokesman Will Healey said crews from the unit and contractors Environmental Services Inc. and Clean Harbors were on site, taking measures to contain and clean the spill, including applying a foam agent to the area where it had occurred. Crews were also pumping fuel out of the overturned tanker in an effort to salvage fuel that hadn't spilled onto the road.
No serious injuries were reported. Officials said the tanker’s driver remained on scene and did not appear to need medical treatment. The driver has cooperated with investigators. Officials did not say when Frontage Road is expected to reopen.
Officials did not say what company owns the tanker that had rolled over. Another fuel company, which claimed it does not own the rig, was helping emergency crews off-load the fuel.
As a result of the rollover, Picture Show Entertainment, which operates a cinema at 19 Frontage Road and had been showing drive-in movies, announced through its Facebook page that its showing Friday night of “The Matrix” had been cancelled due to the rollover “preventing access to our theater.”
“All guests will be refunded and contacted,” the theater announced. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”