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Litchfield Rollover

Emergency response at Litchfield Rollover, Litchfield, Conn.

A 9,000-gallon tanker rolled over on the east side of Route 8 Northbound in Litchfield on Sept. 12, 2011. The tanker dropped into a 25-foot ditch where it released about 5,200 gallons of gasoline, mostly to soil, but adjacent to a small stream. The site was roughly 1,000 feet upstream from the Naugatuck River. A boom was placed in the stream to prevent gasoline from reaching the river. Coastal Carriers of Connecticut, which owns and operates the tanker, hired a contractor to do the cleanup. About 4,000 gallons of gasoline that remained in the tanker were recovered from the truck by drilling a hole into the tank and pumping out the gasoline. By 8:00PM that evening, no sheen was observed on the river. Route 8 Northbound remained closed overnight as soil was excavated. The road opened for morning commuting traffic. The Conn. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection oversaw installation of monitoring wells to assess the extent of groundwater contamination. DEEP will oversee groundwater sample collection. DEEP remains the lead agency for this incident. Participating agencies and responders included the DEEP, EPA, local fire departments, local police and state police.

Location: Route 8 – Northbound, Thomaston/Litchfield Town Line, Litchfield, Conn.
Start date: 09/12/2011
End date: 09/12/2011
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

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