WILLARD - A fuel spill on Interstate 15 in Box Elder County reduced southbound traffic to one lane on Wednesday morning.
Hazardous-materials crews responded at 8:16 a.m. to a leaking fuel tank on the refrigerator unit of a Miller's Blue Ribbon Beef trailer, according to Corey Barton, Box Elder County fire marshal. The leak occurred near mile marker 354.
"The driver hit some road debris, which punctured the fuel tank on the reefer unit," Barton said. "He looked behind him and could see fuel spilling, so he pulled over and had a good little puddle there."
The Willard Fire Department hazardous materials team -- along with the Bear River Health Department, the Utah Highway Patrol, the Box Elder fire marshal and an emergency response team truck from the Utah Department of Transportation -- responded to the scene.
Barton said between 35 and 40 gallons of fuel leaked from the 75-gallon tank.
Crews soaked up the spilled fuel with absorbent pads. The leaking tank was sealed with a substance called Plug N Dike, according to Barton.
Barton estimated cleanup costs would exceed $1,000. No citations were issued, but the owner of the truck will be responsible for the cost of the cleanup, according to Barton.
"We don't typically issue citations for something that was not their fault," he said. "They are responsible for the cleanup because it came from their vehicle, but it wasn't something intentional."
Southbound traffic was reduced to one lane for about an hour and a half while the spill was cleaned up. According to Barton, traffic was light enough that it didn't result in any appreciable delays for motorists.
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