Overturned fuel tanker closes highway overnight

Published: Sep. 13, 2023 at 10:44 AM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

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.