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Diesel fuel spill at Pilot Travel Center quickly cleaned up

June 27, 2011

Thirty gallons of fuel spilled at a diesel fuel pump Monday afternoon at 11633 Greencastle Pike, Sgt. Wesley Loveless of the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway said.

The incident happened at a Pilot Travel Center just off Interstate 70 at Exit 24.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, Loveless said the fuel was already going down the drain at the pump.

"That was good because it prevents runoff, which could cause the oil to get in the water system and the plants," he said. "We put down absorbent to help the situation."

Loveless said he does not know how the spill happened.

The fuel pump could be reopened after as soon as the area was swept clean, Loveless said.

Police were responding to the incident at 12:39 p.m., a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said.

A firetruck from the Halfway company and an engine from Washington County Emergency Services Special Operations were on the scene. Both engines cleared the scene around 1:30.

— Caleb Calhoun, Mobile Journalist

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