Seminole Fire Rescue firefighters block off eastbound Park Boulevard to contain a diesel fuel spill after a Dodge Ram pickup truck rolled over Aug. 29.
SEMINOLE – A construction pickup truck rolled over and spilled diesel fuel on Park Boulevard near Lake
Seminole Park Aug. 29, causing traffic delays on both Park and Seminole boulevards while crews cleaned up the spill.
Seminole Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the crash at around 11:20 a.m. The driver of the Dodge Ram, who has not been identified, was transported to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries via ambulance, according to agency spokesperson Brad Dykens.
Between 20 to 40 gallons of fuel spilled onto Park Boulevard from the pickup truck, which was also carrying construction equipment, Dykens said.
“He must have fueled up this morning,” he said. “Crews worked to contain the spill and to keep it from going into the estuary.”
Firefighters used hazardous containment products that operated like dams to keep the fuel from spilling down the gutters and into the sewer system. They also laid down a flame-retardant blanket from keep the fuel catching fire. But the agency called a private contractor to the scene to help clean up the mess, Dykens said.
“It exceeded the capabilities we had,” he explained.
Officials had to cordon off eastbound Park Boulevard while the spill was cleaned up. Without an easy detour around the blocked roadway, traffic was severely affected throughout the area.