Oct 05, 2018

Tanker Truck Oil Spill Threatens Providence River Water Quality

The truck carried 11,000 gal of gasoline

Truck spills gasoline threatening Providence River water quality
Truck spills gasoline threatening Providence River water quality

On Oct. 5, a truck carrying 11,000 gal of gasoline tipped on I-95 North in Providence, R.I., spilling an unknown amount of gas onto the roadway that then flowed into the Providence River, which leads to the Narragansett Bay. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is monitoring water quality and flushing any catch basins filled with fire-retardant foam.

According to the Rhode Island State Police, the tanker rolled over a ramp to I-95 in Providence just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. However, it took until the following morning to pull the truck upright and tow it. Following the removal of the truck, hazmat clean up teams drilled into the truck to remove remaining gasoline and covered the ramp in fire-preventing foam. The National Grid shut off power to approximately 3,200 customers near the site as a safety precaution.

The gasoline flowed down the ramp onto Allens Avenue, with much of the oil flowing into the nearby Providence River, as reported by the Providence Journal. The Providence River flows into the Narragansett Bay and it currently is unknown how much gasoline found its way down the river. DEM will continue to monitor the water quality.

The truck, owned by First Petroleum based out of Wrentham, Mass., held one driver, Timothy Brothers, 51. Brothers was transported to the Rhode Island Hospital and treated for minor injuries.