Around 200 gallons of fuel leak following gas tanker truck crash on Route 17 in Chesapeake


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A gas tanker truck crash closed a portion of Route 17 in Chesapeake Monday afternoon.

According to police, officers got the call for the crash just after 1 p.m. on South Route 17 at mile marker 6. The road was closed between Douglas Road and Cornland Road until about 9 p.m.

Initial investigations revealed that the tanker truck was traveling southbound when it lost control and crashed on the right side of the highway.

Officials said the driver was injured and sent to a local hospital with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.

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During the crash, police said the trailer began leaking fuel which prompted a response from the Chesapeake Fire Department. Crews with the hazmat team quickly stopped the leak.

Captain Bradley from the Chesapeake Fire Department told 10 On Your Side that around 200 gallons of fuel leaked following the crash. The leak was both diesel and fuel.

The leak was not near any homes or near waterways. The remaining fuel will be offloaded to another tanker truck by drilling holes into the tank and pumping it out.

Officials said a clean-up contractor will remove any contaminated soil and clean the roadway.

South Mills Fire Department and Navy Regional also responded to assist at the scene.

This is breaking news and will be updated.

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