Up to 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel spills from truck following accident on icy Dalton Highway

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska — As much as 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a fuel truck that veered off an icy stretch of the Dalton Highway.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://is.gd/6Lkc7i) reports the truck owned by Colville Inc. was hauling ultra-low sulfur diesel from Fairbanks to the North Slope Wednesday when it lost traction and rolled into a ditch at milepost 86.

Responders say the rear compartment of the trailer ruptured when it hit a stump. An estimated 3,000- to 4,000 gallons of diesel subsequently spilled.

Tom DeRuyter with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says DEC investigators were at the scene Thursday to evaluate the damage.

DeRuyter says the wreckage was removed by Thursday morning.

He says the remaining fuel was pumped into a separate tanker.

The highway remains open.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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