Overturned truck that spilled hot tar on road closes part of Rt. 15 in Berlin


BERLIN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Berlin Fire Department was on the site of a rollover accident involving a fuel truck carrying hot, liquid tar Tuesday morning.

Officials got the call at around 9:13 a.m.

Some of the tar that the big rig was hauling ended up on the side of Route 15 Northbound. Fire crews took preventative measures to protect the storm drains and nearby waterways from the tar leaking from the truck.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) was also called to the scene.

Officials estimate 500 gallons of liquid tar spilled to the ground. The remaining tar in the tank was transferred to another truck.

The right lane of Route 15 North and the exit ramp to Route 372 (Mill Street) are currently closed due to the accident, officials say. Drivers are asked to avoid the area. No word on how long the road clean up will take.

No injuries or cause of the accident have been reported at this time.

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