CANTON Five gallons of diesel fuel per minute leaked from a tanker truck that overturned early Monday afternoon in the town of Canton.
The 9,500-gallon Kuno Oil Co. tanker overturned about 12:15 p.m. at County Route 14 and Route 68 while attempting to make a turn.
There were no injuries and the cause of the accident remains under investigation, Canton Fire Chief M. Robert Crowe said at the scene.
The tanker, which was carrying 6,000 gallons of fuel and 3,500 gallons of gasoline, leaked fuels into a ditch on the side of Route 68 for at least two hours.
Our main concern is the vapors finding an ignition source and lighting, Chief Crowe said, explaining that the St. Lawrence County Hazardous Materials Team sprayed the surrounding area with a foam blanket to control the vapors and minimize the risk of explosion.
The team also attempted to put wooden wedges into the crack to slow the leak down.
The fuel must be removed before crews can attempt to right the truck, Chief Crowe said. Later, contractors from the state Department of Environmental Conservation will arrive to begin digging out the fuel-soaked ditch.