Overturned fuel tanker closes highway overnight
HARRISBURG, New York (WWNY) - A Sunoco fuel tanker truck flipped onto its roof in the town of Harrisburg Wednesday morning.
State Route 177 was shut down from the Jefferson-Lewis county line near Barnes Corners to the intersection of State Route 12. It was reopened around 5 a.m. on Thursday.
The crash happened at around 10:15 a.m.
We’re told a “minimal” amount of fuel was spilled and is leaking from the saddle tank on the truck, not the large tank on the trailer.
Officials on-scene are waiting for the DEC spill response team to arrive.
“When they get here, a plan will be developed how to offload the product out of the tank. Everything is done deliberately and at a slow pace to make sure everything is done safely. It could have been much worse. We could have had a catastrophic reaction as the tanker overturned. Luckily, in this situation, we did not,” said Captain Robert Simpson, New York State Police.
Police say the driver was unhurt.
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