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Highway 412 westbound closed due to diesel spill

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 10/23/2013 11:22 am Published: 10/23/2013 6:34 am

About 300 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled after two Semis collided, and spread across all Westbound lanes of Highway 412 near 265th East Ave outside of Catoosa.

Both semi drivers are uninjured, but the fuel spill caused potential hazardous concerns for clean-up crews.

“It’s an EPA hazard,” Oak Grove Assistant Fire Chief Paul Summers tells FOX23. “It gets into the ground and the soil and causes all kinds of problems later on.”

Summers was on the scene with other Oak Grove Firefighters cleaning up when our crews arrived.

“We’re preventing any further hazardous materials from leaking into the drainage system and the ditches down the side of the road at this time,” Summers said.

Meanwhile traffic was stopped and the westbound lanes closed for four hours.

Sooner Emergency Response was called in and we watched as they used absorbents to soak up as much of the gasoline as possible, vacuum puddles, use more absorbents and finally clear the semis.

Jack Shields with Sooner Emergency tells FOX23 even with the wreck and leak clean up, the possibility for soil contamination continues to be a concern.

“We’ll put booms out in case there’s any rain or anything, until we can get back to excavate any contaminated soil in case there’s any runoff.”

Shields estimates Friday is when Sooner Emergency will be back out to excavate any potentially contaminated soil, but Summers says most of the fuel was contained and there was little, if any, contamination.

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