Officials looking for pickup truck that spilled hydraulic fluid, left scene; crews clean up impacted area, traffic diverted


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Officials in Jacksonville reported a petroleum product spill that forced detours and the closure of an intersection.

The spill was reported at the intersection of Carolina Forrest Boulevard and Ramsey Road. Crews with the City of Jacksonville, NC Department of Transportation, Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department and Onslow County Emergency Services worked to clean up the spill. Traffic was diverted from the area during the cleanup process and overnight Monday.

WNCT’s Claire Curry reports the spill happened Monday around 6:30 p.m. and included around 15-20 gallons of hydraulic fluid at the intersection. Witnesses and cameras saw the man in the truck get out, examine the spill and then continue driving. Witnesses immediately called 911 to respond to the location.

“There is a camera that is monitoring this intersection, and they (City of Jacksonville Traffic Division) are assisting us as we speak, to try and identify the person responsible for this spill,” Jeremy Foster, fire chief at Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department, told Curry.

Foster says around 25 people worked to clean up the spill on Monday. They applied sand on the roadway where the spill occurred to absorb some of the fluid and left it overnight. He said Tuesday morning they returned to sweep up the sand and open the intersection back up.

Foster approximates around 6-8 hours were spent cleaning up the spill. He also said there was not an extreme danger if people were to drive over the spill, but the hydraulic fluid would make the road slick for vehicles.

Foster says the vehicle that caused the spill was a white full-size crew cab pickup truck that could hold around four-five passengers. He asks if anyone knows information regarding the individual or vehicle that caused the spill to reach out to him or the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

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