SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – New York State Police responded to a crash where a pick-up truck crashed into Loughberry Lake. Troopers say the truck was driving along Loughberry Lake Road in Wilton before crashing into the lake. It happened Sunday around 4 a.m. The driver was not hurt in the crash, according to police.
Loughberry Lake is the main water supply for Saratoga Springs. The crash prompting a large response to make sure the vehicle was removed properly and any environmental impact was contained.
The Greenfield Fire Department, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works (DPW) were called to the scene of the crash. Police say around 5:30 a.m., the DEC and DPW deployed absorbent booms into the lake to contain any oil that had escaped from the truck.
The DPW water treatment plant chief directed that the plant be temporarily shut down around 4 a.m., to determine the extent of the oil spilled following the crash. Oil from the pickup truck was contained to the North-East portion of the lake about a mile from the intake system officials say, which did not pose a problem for the water treatment plant. Police said once the truck was removed and oil contained, the water plant resumed operations at 9 a.m.
The New York State Department of Health has been notified of the situation. Residents can contact the water treatment plant operators at (518) 584-1848 with any questions or concerns.