Road cleaned after tanker leaks fuel in southern Berkshire County

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A tanker hauling concrete dust to Canaan, Conn., on Monday leaked diesel fuel on Route 23 from Egremont to Great Barrington.

A motorist called police to report the streaming fuel and upon stopping the Palumbo's Trucking tanker on Maple Avenue near Silver Street, police found that a saddle tank carrying the extra fuel had been punctured, according to Great Barrington Fire Chief Charles Burger.

He said the fuel spread over "a couple of miles." In his estimation, the tank may have leaked up to about 100 gallons.

The state Department of Transportation was at the scene, as was the state Department of Environmental Protection, which is responsible for any fuel cleanup over 10 gallons, Burger said.

The diesel did not appear to have washed into storm drains or move into soil, however. But concerns about slippery road conditions after the fuel mixed with rainwater prompted firemen to apply an oil absorber to some areas. And the Department of Public Works spread sand up the road to the Egremont town line.

"We cleaned it up the best we could," Burger said. "The concern with the rain is that it gets very slippery."

It is unclear how the tank got punctured.

"No idea," Burger said. "There was no damage to the rest of the truck."

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871.

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