The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Fuel truck rollover did not spill oil

Mishap damage limited in the days before Christmas

 

Steve Revis photo

Authorities say there was no fuel spilled from the tank of this Crowley fuel truck that rolled over several times at 10 Mile.

A Crowley fuel truck rolled over serval times before coming to rest in a ditch at 10 Mile last week.

Authorities say there was no associated fuel spill from the wreck, which occurred Monday, Dec. 22 in the early afternoon.

The driver, who was not identified, was not seriously uninjured in the wreck.

Allie Hendrickson, public information officer for the City of Valdez, issued a press release that said police and fire department personnel "responded to the scene of the single vehicle accident, transporting the driver of truck to Providence Valdez Medical Center for further treatment."

According to Hendrickson, first responders from U. S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and Crowley Petroleum Distribution also responded to the scene.

Photo courtesy City of Valdez

A power pole was damaged when this Crowley Fuel truck overturned and landed in a ditch in a driveway at an intersection of the Richardson Highway near 10 Mile.

"No damage to the truck's diesel fuel tank was reported, however, minor hydraulic and motor oil sheen from the truck's engine were visible in the area," she said. "Crowley Petroleum Distribution deployed sorbent pads around the truck and is now in the process of offloading the truck's fuel. Once complete, the truck will be towed from its current location."

A power pole was struck and damaged during the wreck.

Copper Valley Electric Association called residents of the area's subdivisions warning of a planned power outage to replace the pole that Tuesday. The replacement was rescheduled to Monday, and power was down in the area for less than four hours.

The Crowley fuel truck was carrying approximately 2,200 gallons of diesel fuel at the time of the incident. The cause of the rollover is currently under investigation.

 

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