MILTON — Turbot Township Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Robert Hollenbach is offering thanks to responders from across the Susquehanna Valley who responded to Tuesday’s tanker truck rollover in the township.
Hollenbach said the department was dispatched at 4:47 a.m. to the Route 147 on ramp from Broadway Road, where a Leighow Oil gasoline tanker truck had overturned.
Megan Lehman, Environmental Community Relations specialist with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), said the truck’s saddle tanks ruptured, leaking diesel fuel onto the roadway.
In addition, she said there was a slow leak of gasoline from the tanker.
“We arrived on scene, we contained some of the fluids,” Hollenbach said. “We laid some cat litter and that down, put some booms down.”
Pennsylvania State Police have not yet released a report on the crash. Hollenbach said the driver of the truck was not injured.
“I arrived on scene and the driver was out,” he said. “I believe he refused treatment. He said he was fine.”
Hollenbach said three or four houses near the ramp were evacuated for safety precautions. Most of those residents were leaving for work when the incident occurred.
Baugher Elementary School was also notified of the incident, but it was determined there was no danger to the school.
According to Hollenbach, the tanker contained 8,800 gallons of gasoline, which needed to be pumped into another tanker by an environmental cleanup crew contracted by Leighow Oil.
“We all had a game plan in case something did happen,” he said. “We did do a briefing before we allowed them to hot tap into it. We had safety officers in place. DEP was on scene the whole time, with PennDOT.”
Because of the pumping that had to occur, Hollenbach had multiple tanker trucks dispatched to stand by on scene in case something went wrong.
Two trucks capable of pumping foam, one from the Merck plant in Danville and the other from the Tuckahoe Volunteer Fire Company, were called to the scene.
In addition to his department, Hollenbach said firefighters from Milton, Potts Grove, the Warrior Run area, Lewisburg, Liberty Township, Clinton Township, Hummels Wharf, Muncy and Danville responded. Northumberland County EMA, Pennsylvania State Police and Milton police were also on scene.
“I couldn’t ask for anything more from (responders),” Hollenbach said. “We all worked together. It’s a big thank you. We were all there to do a job and we did it.
“We all communicated very well with everybody,” he continued. “It was great teamwork.”
Hollenbach said the last responders cleared the scene at 3:15 p.m., when the Turbot Township and Milton departments were dispatched to the scene of an overturned vehicle along Interstate 80, at mile marker 215.
Hollenbach believes there were no serious injuries in that crash. State police have not yet released a report on that crash.
Lehman said the incident involving the overturned tanker is under investigation by DEP.