Overturned tanker spills estimated 4,000 gallons of diesel along Richardson Hwy

From Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - An estimated 4,000 gallons of diesel were spilled from a tanker that overturned on the Richardson Highway near Paxson on Monday afternoon.

According to a report by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the crash occurred at around 3:15 p.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled into a ditch. Officials say one of the three compartments in the trailer was punctured by an unknown object, causing the spill.

The exact cause of the crash is still being determined, ADEC said. Alaska State Troopers say the driver was taken by a private vehicle to be checked out at medical facility.

Responders worked through the night and were able to control the source of the spill by around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Officials say the spill is affecting a 4-6 foot by 175 foot area of state land near the highway. Heavy equipment is being used to remove soil, snow and vegetation in that area that has been “heavily saturated” with spilled diesel.

“No surface water is present within one mile from the spill site,” ADEC wrote in the report. “There have been no reports of impacts to wildlife, although caribou is currently migrating through the area and measures will be taken to prevent any adverse impact.”

ADEC officials are onsite monitoring cleanup efforts and the Department of Transportation is conducting an investigation to identify the cause of the spill.

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