CHESHIRE, CT. (WFSB) – The Cheshire Police Department is investigating after an oil truck overturned on Bethany Mountain Road on Friday.
Up to 2,000 gallons of heating oil from the home leaked and down a nearby storm drain.
DEEP spokesman Will Healey said the oil continued to flow under the roadway into a dry creek bed.
Firefighters responded immediately, blocking the creek about 100 feet downstream from Route 42.
The area of the spill is a watershed of public water supply, and there are both public water supply areas and private wells in the area.
So far there are no concerns that the water has been compromised.
“The unfortunate part of it, almost two thousand gallons of heating oil, spilled onto the roadway there, which will result in extensive clean-up and remediation efforts,” Cheshire Police Chief Neal Dryfe said.
Officials from the local health department, state health department and regional water agency are assessing the situation.
As of Friday night, 100 gallons of free-floating oil have been removed from the area so far.
Excavation work is continuing and approximately six to thirty dumpsters of contaminated soil have been removed.
The truck driver was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Officials initially assumed the road will be closed throughout the weekend, but later said it will be closed until further notice.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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