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Gas Spill Cleanup: Hazmat team cleans up convenience center site


A gasoline spill close to midnight Monday, July 22 resulted in an estimated
150 gallons of gas from a delivery tanker truck to pour out on the ground
at the Marathon gas station on Cosby Highway. After dawn broke on Tuesday,
Chip Adkins of HEPACO, a Hazmat team based in Charlotte, N.C., was
photographed sweeping up some of the spilled gas with a neutralizer poured
on it.
Published: 11:03 AM, 07/25/2013 Last updated: 11:04 AM, 07/25/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-A Hazmat team finished cleaning up a large gas spill at the Marathon convenience center on Cosby Highway on Tuesday afternoon, July 23, after a tanker truck spilled the gas close to midnight on Monday.

A call on a leak of gas coming from a Coffman Oil Company tanker came into 911 around 11:35 p.m. on Monday, July 22, according to the Newport Fire Department.

Mike Ottinger, battalion chief and incident commander, said when driver Derek Young of Morristown started to "off-load" the gasoline from his tanker truck at Marathon, "something" in the valve or mechanism caused gas to leak out around the valve area.

Ottinger estimated 100-150 gallons of the gasoline ended up on the ground, almost all of it contained to the Marathon property, which is located at 779 Cosby Highway.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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