Tanker Leaks 700 Gallons of Fuel After Crash in Hamilton

Updated: Emergency crews spent Wednesday morning cleaning up 700 gallons of gasoline that leaked onto West Colonial Highway from a tanker-truck that was hit by a  car early this morning.

The crash happened at approximately 5:30 a.m. just east of Rt. 704. A Holtzman tanker truck was pulling out of the Liberty gas station when a westbound car struck the truck broadside, with the car stopping under the tanker.

The female driver of the car was flown to Reston Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life threatening injuries, according to Virginia State Police. The driver of the tanker-truck was not injured in the crash.

Once the patient was removed, the Hazardous Materials Team worked to contain the approximately 700 gallons of spilled fuel and keep additional fuel from leaking from the damaged tanker. Fire and rescue crews, working in conjunction with Holtzman Fuel Company personnel, offloaded the remaining 7,900 gallons of fuel safely into another gasoline tanker tractor- trailer. Holtzman Fuel worked with a contracted company to perform the required clean-up under a correction order issued by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.

The road was closed between Dry Mill Road and Hamilton Station Road for 7 hours during the clean up.

The crash is under investigation by the Virginia State Police.

One thought on “Tanker Leaks 700 Gallons of Fuel After Crash in Hamilton

  • 2017-10-12 at 3:04 pm

    700 Gallons of gas spilled, this could have been much worse (such as 8,600 gallons up in flames incinerating occupants of both vehicles). It’s a shame how we continue to support the transport of massive amounts of hazardous fossil fuels through our addiction to gas-powered transport. There are many good, affordable, long-range alternatives now. Many major countries around the world (Germany, France, England, China, India, Norway) have pledged to phase out and eventually entirely eliminate gas/diesel transportation . We should follow suit.

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