South Hill Fire responds to pair of diesel spills

South Hill Fire Department was called to two hazardous material incidents on Wednesday, both diesel fuel leaks that occurred when transfer trucks either crashed or struck something in the roadway.
The first incident occurred on Interstate 85, in the southbound lanes near mile marker-23. South Hill fire units were called to assist Alberta fire units after a tractor-trailer crashed, spilling approximately 250 gallons of the fuel onto the roadway.
South Hill Fire responded with 14 firefighters aboard four apparatus including HazMat7 and assisted with crash, as well as containing the spill and removing the remainder of fuel safely from the truck’s fuel tanks.
“This incident presented different challenges than normal as the crash blocked access to the fuel tanks,” said Michael Vaughan, Deputy Chief of South Hill Fire Department. “We used our Halmatro rescue tools and cribbing to access the tanks and stop the leaks.”
Responders were able to clear the scene about an hour and a half later.
The second incident occurred near the Big Fork intersection where Hwy 1 South and Hwy 58 meet when a tractor-trailer struck something in the roadway that damaged the truck’s fuel tanks.
South Hill Fire responded with 20 firefighters aboard four apparatus, including HazMat7, to contain the spill of about 100 gallons of diesel fuel.