• Hazmat responds to Mt. Vernon diesel spill

    by  • June 28, 2013 • News

    The Mount Vernon Emergency Management Agency was called into action early Friday morning at Huck’s Truck Stop on the west side of Mount Vernon

    According to Kevin Sargent, also of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, they responded to the call at 12:32 a.m., that there was a large leak of diesel fuel.

    A tanker was reportedly pumping a specified amount of diesel fuel into the ground tank, but for some reason, that amount was incorrect. The tank became filled quicker than anticipated and the diesel fuel began to overflow on the pavement, as well as into a storm sewer and small creek behind the store.

    The Hazmat team quickly tried to contain the gas by erecting a dam and using absorbing materials. Freeman Environmental was called into continue the clean up.  They sucked up the fuel and will dig up all the contaminated dirt and ground in that area.  no one was injured and the mount Vernon crew was on scene until 4:45 Friday morning.

    The amount of diesel that overflowed is estimated at between 250 and 300 gallons.