The original incident occurred when a large tractor trailer got stuck in the ditch in front of the gas station at approximately 6 a.m. Over an hour later, as a heavy-duty wrecker attempted to lift the loaded trailer from the ditch, the truck moved forward, dragging the tow truck into the ditch and turning it on its side, according to Fire Chief Chris Edwards.
The overturned vehicle began leaking diesel fuel, radiator fluid and hydraulic fluid into the ditch.
When the fire department was paged out to the scene at 7:48 a.m., they were able to drain approximately 40 gallons of diesel fuel from the tank and into containers to minimize the amount spilled.
“That kept this from being much worse,” Edwards said.
Walker County Emergency Management also responded to the scene of the accident to help with the cleanup.
Regina Myers, director of the EMA, said they went to the scene to assist with cleanup, including removing the soil that absorbed the diesel fuel and replacing it with clean topsoil.
Myers estimated that approximately 30 gallons of diesel fuel, radiator fluid and hydraulic fluid spilled into the area, but the first responders were able to contain the spill and keep it from traveling through the drainage pipes.
“Any accident is bad,” Myers said, “but, fortunately this wasn’t as bad as it could have been.”
The Alabama Department of Transportation and Alabama Department of Environmental Management were also alerted to the spill.
ALDOT workers brought in new topsoil to replace the contaminated area.
There were no injuries in the accident.