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HVFCo: Gravel/Fuel Spill Closes Road for 6 Hours

By Olivia Drake.

fire-crash-2Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to a fiery motor vehicle accident involving a dump truck at 1 p.m. Dec. 1, 2016 on Killingworth Road near the intersection of Soobitsky Road in Higganum. The vehicle’s driver was heading south on Killingworth Road when he lost control of his vehicle, swerved and crashed into a tree near the southbound shoulder. The tri-axle dump truck, which was loaded with approximately 20 tons of gravel, rolled onto its side and caught on fire. The driver was able to escape out of the truck, sustaining only minor lacerations. He was transported to Hartford Hospital via Haddam Volunteer Ambulance.

The load of gravel spilled onto the roadway. In addition, the truck’s fuel tanks ruptured causing dozens of gallons of diesel to spill onto the roadway and roadside. The Connecticut Department of Transportation and Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Hazmat team assessed the situation. DEEP and HVFCo. used sand to capture and trap the spilled fuel. A section of Killingworth Road was closed for six hours as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and clean up debris. The accident is under investigation by the Connecticut State Police.fire-crash-3

The police report of accident is here.

One Response to HVFCo: Gravel/Fuel Spill Closes Road for 6 Hours

  1. donald giboski

    December 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    is this truck from the sand pit on cedar lake rd