UPDATE: Punctured tanker spills 500 gallons of oil onto I-91 south Monday morning; no injuries reported

UPDATE: Punctured tanker spills 500 gallons of oil onto I-91 south Monday morning; no injuries reported



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MERIDEN — Officials say about 500 gallons of waste oil spilled onto the roadway of I-91 south when a cargo truck's drive shaft broke and punctured the cargo tank it was hauling Monday morning.

The spill occurred between exits 17 and 18 on the highway.

State Police Troop I, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's Emergency Response Unit, along with the Meriden Fire Department and the state Department of Transportation also responded to the scene.

DEEP spokeswoman Kristina Rozek, in an email, stated the fire department built a dike to contain the spill into a catch basin and minimize its impact. The spill did impact the roadway, soil on the edge of the road and the area around the catch basin.

DOT crews threw sand down on the area to contain the spill, which was cleaned up by an environmental contractor using a vacuum truck and other equipment.

Rozek stated the remaining was oil in the punctured cargo tank was emptied. Meanwhile the spilled oil, sand, catch basin and “a minor amount of soil at the edge of the roadway” had been removed.

There are no injuires in the incident, which was originally reported around 5:30 a.m.

The right and center lanes were closed while crews were on scene. Traffic was backed up into Middletown, the DOT had reported, while the on-ramp from Interstate 691 was closed. 

Crews cleared the roadway shortly before 11 a.m.

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