Crews Clean Up 7500 Gallons Of Fuel In Bristow, Va.

6:32 AM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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BRISTOW, Va. (WUSA9) -- A spilled 7,500 gallons of fuel when a tanker with a 8,500 gallon capacity flipped on its side near a shopping center in Bristow, Va. at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday. Friday, officials say 1,000 gallons of fuel that were still in the tanker were moved to another tanker.

The driver of the tanker suffered minor injuries in the accident, officials said.  The fuel truck belonged to Hahn Transportation out of New Market, Md. say fire authorities. The truck was on the way to a Safeway grocery store with a gas station. That gas station was evacuated.

Fire and rescue crews sprayed the area with foam to keep the spill from spreading on Thursday. A nearby school was open for residents who could not go home that night but now it is closed. There was a restriction on starting vehicles in the area but that restriction is now lifted.

Fire authorities say the rain "complicated containment of the spill." Officials also say two hazmat personnel were exposed in the process of trying to control the leak, but have been decontaminated and did not suffer any injuries.

All roads closed in the area as well as the Braemar Village Shopping Plaza reopened at 10 a.m. Friday, but some lane closures may still occur as Hepaco Environmental continues the environmental clean-up process.


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