- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2022

Hundreds of homes in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania were evacuated today after an oil tanker crashed, leaking 6,000 gallons of fuel.

The crash occurred at 2:08 a.m., according to the Bethlehem Police Department.

Around 400 residences within 1,000 feet of the crash were evacuated, with their occupants evacuated to nearby Nitschmann Middle School, according to WFMZ-TV, an Allentown, Pennsylvania independent TV station.

“I heard them say, ‘Evacuate immediately,’ and I thought that was ridiculous, I’m not going to evacuate in this quiet neighborhood. And then they were serious. I heard [it] about three or four times and I think maybe I’ll put my clothes on. Maybe I’m going somewhere,” evacuee Fran Groves recounted to KYW-TV, a Philadelphia CBS affiliate.

While some homes were safe to return to as of 10 a.m., cleanup of the area is expected to take all day, according to WFMZ-TV.

The main concern was that the spilled fuel could ignite or give off toxic fumes. Worries that the fuel had leaked into the nearby Monocacy Creek proved to be unfounded.

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The driver of the crashed tanker was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.

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