Fuel spill on Lyndale Avenue
The Helena Fire Department, Helena Police Department, and officials from the Montana Department of Transportation responded to Lyndale Avenue around 7:45 this morning where a semi-truck started leaking diesel fuel.
Battalion Chief, Bob Harvey, says the truck's drive line broke, puncturing the fuel tank. He says they're estimating between 50 to 100 gallons of diesel spilled. Harvey says after using a special patching material to stop the tank's leak, they spread absorbent on the street to soak up the fuel and then brought in a street sweeper. Responders say while diesel isn't a highly combustible material, it can cause serious damage in a spill.
"keep the spill contained so it doesn't get into the environment and cause that kind of damage. with it being on lyndale avenue, there's not a big issue with it getting off the roadway because there's curbs and stuff like that. of course, they've got to worry about it getting into the sewer system and stuff like that," says Helena Police Department, Lt. Steve Hagen.
"it also creates a slip hazard on the roadway, it's very slick for the vehicles, so we need to pick that up and it's considered a hazardous material so you can just leave that to sit out there," says Chief Harvey.
Helena Police Lieutenant, Steve Hagen, says the westbound lane on Lyndale was closed from Main Street to Getchell from about 7: 45 a-m until 9:45 a-m. He says the spill spanned about 100 yards of roadway.
Story by Kaelyn Kelly, Beartooth NBC.
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