PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A fuel truck carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel overturned near the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. It led to an extensive, all-day cleanup.
Less than 50 gallons leaked during impact, according to the State Department of Environmental Protection, before it was capped and secured.
Fuel leaked into the storm drain but was able to be cleaned up before leaving any impact to the environment, according to the DEP.
“Oh it could have been worse, to say the least. Very minimal spill. Not much to really worry about to the environment or the neighbors,” said Allan Capozucca, deputy chief of Pittston Township Fire Department.
The DEP was on scene to monitor the situation along with HAZMAT crews. Capozucca’s department received that call at around 9:15 Friday morning. His team prepared to tackle the extensive clean up process.
“Provide a water supply and foam situation for the operation that just went down with drilling of the trailer and getting ready to pump it off,” said Capozucca.
Thousands of gallons of fuel were pumped into another tanker to remove it from the scene. Through the whole process, Interstate 81 off ramps to the airport were closed.
“Ah this is an all day process. I mean shutting 81 down, the airport down. It really took a toll on getting everything out,” said Capozucca.
Interstate 81 off ramps, both southbound and northbound, to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport reopened shortly before 4 p.m.