On July 31, just before noon, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Communications Division received a 911 call from the driver of a fuel delivery truck advising his truck rolled and had on board approximately 3900 gallons of diesel fuel that was now leaking on to the roadway.
The truck rolled west of the intersection of N. Tweedy Road and W. Storey Road, which is east of Casa Grande in unincorporated Pinal County. The truck is owned by Western Petroleum Inc. out of Phoenix.
PCSO deputies responded with EMS and fire personnel. They observed the truck had rolled and was now upright; however, damage to the tanker was causing most all of the 3900 gallons of fuel in the tanker to be spilled onto the roadway.
During an interview with PCSO detectives, the driver reported hearing a loud noise from his engine, which he said caused the truck to leave the roadway. The truck rolled and ejected him. A truck inspection could not support the driver’s claim of mechanical problems. Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “Sheriff’s deputies from the Commercial Vehicle Unit found no indications of any mechanical problems with the truck, leading us to believe that the driver may have been distracted. As well, comments from the driver lead us to believe that he was trying to find an address to deliver the fuel at the time the vehicle left the roadway.”
During the interview with the driver, deputies observed no signs of impairment. Issuance of any citations will be determined when the investigation is complete.
The roadway where the crash occurred (map) will be closed due the instability of the roadway where fuel had damaged the roadway. County crews are working with contracted environmental cleanup resources to mitigate the contamination.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS