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Environmental crew called for oil spill near Dublin Lake

Between 50 and 75 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from a 2007 International tractor-trailer truck Monday night when it lost control due to slippery road conditions and crashed into a stonewall on Route 101.

The crash was near Dublin Lake, but town officials say the spill was quickly contained and did not leak into nearby waters.

Issiaga Toure, 40, of Fall River, Mass., was driving east on Route 101, past the Dublin Town Cemetery, when he came across snowdrifts from the lake that caused his vehicle to lose control, Dublin Police Chief Jim Letourneau said Tuesday.

The fuel tank ruptured when it struck the stonewall, Letourneau said, adding that the truck shut down both lanes of travel on Route 101 for nearly two hours. The driver was not injured and no other cars were involved in the crash, he said.

First responders quickly contained the fuel spill with Speedy Dry, which is similar in texture to cat litter and absorbs petroleum, Fire Chief Thomas Vanderbilt said on Tuesday. “We do have a containment system,” he said.

An environmental clean-up crew from Clean Harbors of Norwell, Mass., responded to the crash scene Monday night and returned Tuesday morning to assist the town, Vanderbilt said. N.H. Department of Environmental Services was also on scene Tuesday.

“Clean Harbors did some mitigation,” Vanderbilt said. “They will be digging up some of the surrounding soil and replacing it with gravel.”

—by Alyssa Dandrea

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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