Columbus firefighters had to deal with a diesel fuel spill on National Road yesterday after a 50-gallon fuel tank fell of a semi.
Capt. Mike Wilson says that a driver saw the tank disconnect from the semi, bounce into the air and come to rest in the 3100 block of North National Road at about 4:38 p.m. yesterday afternoon. A car nearly hit the gas tank and the tank ruptured, sending diesel fuel down the street into a storm drain.
The semi driver did not stop, or even seem to notice the fuel tank fall off and there is no identification of the truck involved or the trucking company.
Firefighters used absorbent material including absorbent booms to clean up the mess, Wilson said. About 30 gallons of fuel were left in the tank, but there is no indication of how full the tank was when it fell off.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management inspected the scene and found no need for further remediation after the firefighters’ cleanup efforts, Wilson said.