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Truck hauling diesel fuel springs leak, pours gas onto I-40 in Burlington

WGHP-TV  Greensboro logo WGHP-TV Greensboro 4/26/2022 Justyn Melrose
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BURLINGTON, N.C. (WGHP) - A truck hauling about 95 gallons of diesel fuel sprang a leak on Interstate 40, leaving a trail of the hazardous material stretching down the interstate, according to the Burlington Fire Department.

At about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, crews responded to a report of hazardous materials on I-40 west near Alamance Road. When fire crews arrived, they found the truck still actively leaking.

Crews placed barriers around the spilled fuel to avoid a runoff. They were able to stop the leak within five minutes of arrival. The North Carolina Department of Transportation Maintenance Division spread sand over the affected areas.

A truck driver, hauling a diesel fuel saddle tank, told officials that an object from the road hit the tank, causing it to rupture. He noticed the leak about a mile east from where he was able to pull over. The tank had been leaking fuel from Tucker Street west to just past Alamance Road.

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