Fast-acting employee at Freeport Center prevents large diesel spill

Feb 12 2013 - 8:00am

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Tommy Rodriguez, an employee of Alpha Transport Inc., cleans up a diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
Employees of Alpha Transport Inc. clean up a diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
Harley Ivie, an employee of Alpha Transport Inc., cleans up a diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
Employees of Alpha Transport Inc. and North Davis fireman on scene of a diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
A diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
Tommy Rodriguez, an employee of Alpha Transport Inc., cleans up a diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
Employees of Alpha Transport Inc. clean up a diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
Harley Ivie, an employee of Alpha Transport Inc., cleans up a diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
Employees of Alpha Transport Inc. and North Davis fireman on scene of a diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)
A diesel spill at the Freeport Center in Clearfield on Monday, February 1, 2013.  (KERA WILLIAMS/ Standard-Examiner)

CLEARFIELD -- The quick thinking and actions of a Lifetime Products, Inc., employee stopped about 50 gallons of diesel fuel from entering into the storm drain, firefighters said.

"Major kudos to Brett Gardiner," said North Davis Metro Fire Capt. Chris Tremea.

Gardiner witnessed a semitrailer run over some pipes on the north side of Building F-11 at the Freeport Center Monday morning.

One of the pipes punctured a fuel tank under the truck and fuel started spilling out. Gardiner retrieved a large yellow 50-gallon drum and positioned it where the fuel to g instead of spilling onto the street, Tremea said.

The drum had close to 45 gallons inside it. About five gallons ended up on the street. The truck holds 125 gallons of diesel fuel.

The accident happened about 10 a.m. Monday. The pipes had fallen from a forklift onto the road, Tremea said.

Fire fighters, along with Clearfield City's Public Works, the Davis County Health Department and an environmental clean up company, arrived at the scene. Public works employees brought out sand, which firefighters shoveled and spread across the diesel spill.

Tremea said there was no threat of fire and most of the diesel did not get into any of the snow piled next to the street.

The sand was used to absorb the diesel fuel and will be taken to a hazmat dumping area.

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