Driver cited after tanker trailer rolls, spills gasoline
The driver of a fuel tanker that tipped over on Sunday, spilling hundreds of gallons of gasoline just outside Quincy, has been cited for the accident.
The accident was caused by “driver distraction,” Washington State Patrol spokesman Darren Wright said on Wednesday.
Robert Deaty, 67, of Moses Lake was cited for driving with wheels off the roadway, Wright said.
The accident happened at about 9:30 a.m. on Sunday on Highway 28 near Double Diamond at the city’s west entrance. The highway there was closed for just over 12 hours.
The fuel tanker was pulling a tanker trailer, which rolled over and came to a rest on its side in a nearby ditch.
The tanker trailer was carrying about 4,700 gallons of fuel, said Brook Beeler, spokeswoman with Ecology. However, only an estimated 1,900 gallons was spilled, Beeler said.
Beeler expected that number to go down as the cleanup process was completed. The fuel that did not spill was pumped into another tanker.
The spilled fuel was contained in that roadside ditch; it did not spread into any surface waters or irrigation canals, Beeler said.
Cleanup crews arrived on the scene quickly and were working throughout the week to remove any contaminated soils and replace them with clean fill, she added.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org