Road closed after tanker carrying jet fuel rolls into ditch

Rensselaer County

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A road in East Greenbush is expected to be closed until Tuesday morning after a tanker rolled into a ditch.

A tanker headed to Massachusetts rolled over on American Oil Road in East Greenbush Monday afternoon. It was carrying 8,000 gallons of jet fuel when it rolled into the ditch. East Greenbush Fire Chief John Tooker said turnovers have happened in the area before.

“We train down here once or twice a year to make sure we’re ready for a situation like this. A lot of our guys are well-versed in what to do,” Tooker said. 

Police said a mechanical error from the truck pulled the tank into the ditch. The driver is not injured.

There’s no sign the tanker is leaking; however, the Department of Environmental Conservation is on hand to ensure the wetlands in the area are okay if a spill does happen.

The road is expected to be closed for several hours, which is having an impact on other tank drivers that fill up nearby. There are other places for them to go, but it could cost them some time as they hit the end of their shift.

“There’s been times there’s accidents, and you know, things are shut down. You just work around it,” Stewart’s tanker driver John Tucker said. “You gotta go over and above being extra careful.”

Things on American Oil Road are at a stand still as first responders work to lift the truck right side up.

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