Diesel fuel leak closes Seward Highway

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 34-year-old Anchorage man was seriously injured Wednesday in a collision that also caused a diesel fuel spill on the Seward Highway near Beluga Point, Alaska State Troopers said.

Brad Casey Herrman suffered a severed leg and other injuries in the crash, and was being treated at Providence Alaska Medical Center, troopers said.

Herrman was heading south on the Seward shortly before 11:30 a.m. in a 1981 Ford pickup truck. After passing a vehicle, he swerved onto the northbound lane in front of a tanker truck, according to trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson.

The driver of the tanker was not hurt in the head-on collision, Wilkinson said.

The highway was closed in both directions for hours.

According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, an unknown unknown amount of diesel fuel spilled from the commercial truck's 100-gallon saddle tank.

DEC officials said the fuel spread for 75 yards along the highway and shoulder.

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