MARLBOROUGH, Conn. (WTNH) — Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are investigating what may have caused a truck carrying home heating oil to overturn midday Monday.
The truck rollover and spill occurred on South Road just after 11:00 a.m. Emergency dispatchers said no one was injured in the accident.
“This is my first experience of seeing something like this,” said Arnold Buckley who was surprised to the see the scene across the street from his South Road home.
The Marlborough Fire Chief tells News8 the driver of the Burn heating oil truck had just finished a delivery and when he went to get back into the truck it started rolling down the driveway, across the lawn, through the stone wall, and landed in a drainage ditch in a vertical position.
“Right now we’re securing the vehicle in place,” said Marlborough Fire Chief Kevin Asklar.
Firefighters, State Police, and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded.
“We feel that there was approximately 500 gallons that had been released from the tank of approximately 22 hundred gallons that we feel was in it before the accident occurred,” said Matthew Williamson with the DEEP.
While the spilled oil was removed and the area was cleaned up, the bigger challenge was to offload the 1,700 gallons still in the tank before the truck was uprighted because they feared more could spill out.
“With assistance from Colchester fire with their ladder truck we’re gonna send… DEEP is gonna head up in there Environmental Services to drill the tanks and remove the remainder of the oil out of the tank,” said Chief Asklar.
“It’s a terrible thing to happen but thank god nobody got hurt,” said Buckley.
MARLBOROUGH CT: @CT_MVFD is on scene of an oil truck roll over in the 100 block of South Rd. @CTDEEPNews is on scene. No reported injuries. Photos are courtesy of #MarlboroughFire pic.twitter.com/wazedhHcGY
– Tolland County 911 (@TNDispatch) January 8, 2018
Investigators will try to determine why the truck rolled while DEEP assesses any environmental damage.
“It’s not an ideal situation because of the snow but the ground is frozen so we should not have tremendous absorption into the ground,” said Williamson.
Even though he hasn’t seen anything quite like this Williamson says the DEEP has been very busy over the past few days ever since the weather turned very cold. That’s because there’s been more oil deliveries and there’s been more accidents and oil spills.