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Environmental concerns after truck catches fire on I-540

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A large diesel fuel spill is causing concern after a truck caught fire and crashed on I-540 late Friday afternoon near the Six Forks Road exit in Raleigh.

The truck, a 53-foot long trailer out of Wilson, was hauling livestock feed when the transmission blew sparking the fire.

Officials estimate several hundred gallons of diesel has leaked from the truck's tanks into a nearby stream.

"We've got an initial response coming out to clean 90 percent of the diesel fuel that's actually spilled," said Ben Griffin, an Incident Management Engineer with the Department of Transportation.

Crews deployed an emergency dam to stop the fuel from moving down stream. A vacuum unit is being used to pull the fuel from the water.

Griffin said both fuel tanks on the truck were damaged during the fire.

"Tomorrow, in daylight, we'll be able to come back. See how much contaminated soil we have, assess how far the fuel has moved and then fully reclaim any contaminated soil or diesel fuel that's remaining."

Two lanes were blocked and traffic had slowed to a crawl in the Friday afternoon rush hour.

Authorities opened all lanes to traffic after the fire was extinguished.



Steve Sbraccia

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