- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

GORHAM, Maine (AP) - Maine officials worked Thursday to clean up thousands of gallons of fuel that spilled onto the ground and nearby wetlands after a truck crashed in Gorham.

A tractor-trailer spilled 8,900 gallons of diesel and kerosene it was carrying after it crashed and landed in a ditch Wednesday. Law enforcement officials are investigating what may have caused the crash. No one was injured.

Maine Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Jessamine Logan told the Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1oi66up ) that about 6,500 gallons were recovered Wednesday. Workers were trying to contain the rest Thursday before a forecasted rain, but the entire cleanup could take several days, she said.

Officials are examining nearby drinking water wells for potential contamination, Logan said. They’re also trying to determine if the spill caused any damage to the wetlands.

The truck driver told police he was trying to avoid hitting a vehicle that pulled in front of him when he lost control of the tractor-trailer. The truck crashed into a ditch and all but 600 gallons of its load spilled, law enforcement officials said.

The Gorham Police Department is seeking information on the driver of the car to determine its role in the crash.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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