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HazMat responds to contain fuel spill

A crane operator en route to DeGraff lost his fuel tank about 10:15 a.m. Thursday resulting in about 15 gallons of fuel spilling onto State Route 508.


Logan County HazMat and West Liberty first responders spread absorbent sand onto State Route 508 to soak up fuel that spilled after a tank fell from a westbound crane about 10:15 a.m. Thursday. (EXAMINER PHOTO/NATE SMITH)

West Liberty Fire responded to the 3500 block of S.R. 508, just west of County Road 18 on a report of a ruptured fuel tank leaking onto the road.

Mike Black of rural Bellefontaine was westbound in a Mouser Crane Service vehicle when he said he noticed the fuel tank wavering.

“It fell before I could get stopped,” he said. “It was punctured in two places, but I got it propped up on its side to stop it from leaking.”

About half of the 35 gallon tank spilled onto the road, the crane operator said. West Liberty first responders initially thought they had enough absorbent to clean up the mess, but soon decided to call in Logan County HazMat crews to provide additional absorbent sand.

Mr. Black said he was headed to Heritage Cooperative in DeGraff to set a farm tank. The fuel tank could not be salvaged.

Macochee Joint Ambulance District also responded. No one was injured.

S.R. 508 was reduced to one lane for more than an hour Thursday.

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