- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Emergency responders in western Pennsylvania were able to prevent an estimated 3,500 gallons of gasoline from contaminating a major source of drinking water for Westmoreland County.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (https://bit.ly/2iTuXVH ) the gas flowed from a tanker truck that ruptured along Route 66 in Salem Township just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

The truck had just left the Sunoco Logistics Partners fuel terminal when the tanker portion of the vehicle separated from the front of the tractor-trailer. Gas started flowing into a catch basin that leads to a tributary of Beaver Run Reservoir.

Bob Rosatti, chief of the Forbes Road Volunteer Fire Department, says emergency crews dug a series of dams to contain the gasoline before it reached the creek.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the accident.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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