Fuel oil truck rollover shuts down Route 9W in Milton

(photo: Bob McCormick)

MILTON – A fuel oil truck carrying an estimated 2,400 gallons rolled over just before noon, Wednesday, on Route 9W near the Marlborough Highway Department shutting down the road.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Spill Response was overseeing the work of contractors hired to clean up the affected area.

Oil spilled into a drainage ditch, but no waterways were impacted, the agency said.

The first Marlboro Town Police officers to arrive on the scene got the truck driver out of vehicle with the help of town highway department personnel. The driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Officers also spotted a substantial amount of fuel leaking from the tank portion of the truck and highway workers moved to contain the liquid by placing large mounds of sand around the leak preventing contamination of an adjacent waterway.

The exact amount of fuel that leaked has yet to be determined and what caused the driver to lose control prior to the vehicle overturning remains under investigation.

Assisting Marlborough Police at the scene were State Police, Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, Ulster Department of Emergency Services, Orange County Department of Emergency Services, firefighters from Milton, Marlboro, Middle Hope, Highland, New Paltz, Esopus, Modena, Cronomer Valley, the Stewart Air National Guard, City of Newburgh, Ulster Hose, Roosevelt, and New Hamburg. Mobile Life Support Services, the state DEC and Central Hudson Gas and Electric were also on the scene.

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