Section of 81 on-ramp to be replaced after tanker crash

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PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A section of an Interstate 81 southbound on-ramp will be replaced after a tanker crash last week.

The ramp to get onto Interstate 81 south from Route 315 in Pittston Township is still closed after a tractor-trailer rolled over, spilling gasoline Friday.

A tanker transporting about 6,000 gallons of gasoline rolled over on the on ramp to I-81 in near Pittston. Crews spent the day stopping the gas before it reached storm drains, where it could have caused environmental problems.

“We’ve dug up the area over the weekend and today we are installing the base pipe and placing the sub base. Tomorrow we’ll completely the paving and line painting,” PennDOT District 4 community relations coordinator Jessica Kalinoski said.

Only a section of the ramp is being completely replaced.

“A lot of manpower went into this effort. It was a coordinated effort between PennDOT, DEP. So a lot of work in time has gone into this project,” Kalinoski said.

The Department of Environmental Protection thanked PennDOT crews for acting quickly to prevent the fuel from entering those drains. If that happened, it would have caused an even larger environmental mess.

DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly tells Eyewitness News the truck is owned by Falcon Oil. She says the DEP is now investigating the incident and will determine if there will be any penalties against the company.

The ramp is expected to reopen on Wednesday.

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