Allens Avenue to reopen after tanker truck spills nearly 11,000 gallons of gasoline
By: Amanda Pitts
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) -- More than a day after a tanker truck full of gasoline tipped over on the I-95 North on-ramp at Allens Avenue, crews are still cleaning up the 10,600 gallons of gas that spilled.
"Some of it made its way into the Providence River, and some of it seeped into the asphalt in the streets, and some of it ended up in storm water catch basins and that's a big issue right now," said Mike Healey of the RI DEM.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said their top priority is getting the gasoline that leaked into storm drains out as soon as possible, saying that's the biggest danger. Healey said there's liquid gasoline at the bottom of several storm drains on Allens Avenue.
Crews went from storm drain to storm drain, vacuuming out the gas throughout the night.
While there were no injuries on land, it's too early to tell the impact the spill had on the Providence River.
"So far we haven't seen any great impacts, but we really won't know that for a matter of days."
Save the Bay is asking people to let them know if they see any birds or fish in distress or that have died as a result of the spill.
Mayor Jorge Elorza said he's proud of the work of first responders, and is grateful the accident wasn't worse.
"It's in part a miracle, and it's also just part amazing work by the fire department in making sure that didn't light up and we could have had a catastrophe on our hands," said Elorza.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said Allens Avenue and the I-95 on-ramp is on track to open by 5 a.m. Friday.
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