Diesel Spilled Near River in East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – East Providence authorities have evacuated businesses along a riverfront street after a fuel line was severed, spilling tens of thousands of gallons of diesel.

Fire Department Capt. Oscar Elmasian said Wednesday that crews responding to a 9 a.m. call stemmed the flow before the fuel reached the Seekonk River. He said the diesel was being offloaded from a barge to the Capital Terminal when a road construction crew struck the line.

He said between 10,000 and 20,000 gallons spilled and are being vacuumed up. Gail Mastrati, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Management, gave a larger estimate of 20,000 to 40,000 gallons.

Authorities say they don't know how much diesel may have seeped into the ground.

East Providence authorities responded along with personnel from DEM and the Coast Guard.

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