Tanker truck crash sends driver to hospital, results in fuel leak on Rt. 17 in Chesapeake

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Posted at 2:18 PM, May 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-24 21:20:34-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A tractor-trailer gas tanker crash sent one person to the hospital and caused travel lane closures Monday afternoon.

At 1:08 p.m., Chesapeake Police responded to a report of a tractor-trailer gas tanker that crashed on south Route 17 at mile marker 6.

According to officials, a Crossroads Fuel Services tanker truck was traveling southbound when it lost control and crashed on the right side of the highway.

The driver was injured and was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the trailer began leaking fuel.

Firefighters from Chesapeake's Special Operations Hazardous Materials Team were able to stop the leak and are working to mitigate the remaining hazards.

Officials estimate about 200 gallons of fuel leaked. The leftover fuel will be offloaded to another tanker truck, and a clean-up contractor will remove any contaminated soil and clean the road.

There are no safety threats to the public, the fire department said.

Route 17 reopened to traffic in both directions by 9 p.m.

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