About 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in accident

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2000

PORTAGE (AP) -- About 500 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled early Monday when a tanker trailer broke free on the Seward Highway, officials said.

A rig owned by Weaver Brothers was hauling fuel to Kenai when the rear tanker trailer unhooked and tore through a guardrail about 10 miles south of Portage, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The tanker trailer rolled down an embankment into a highway ditch.

The fuel spilled from the compartment covers and two puncture holes in the 3,600-gallon tanker trailer. Drivers used sticks to plug the holes. The spill occurred about 300 to 400 feet from Ingram Creek, but officials said there was no evidence the fuel reached the creek.

The remaining fuel was pumped into another tanker trailer.

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