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Hundreds of gallons of fuel spills into James River after truck crash

Published: Aug. 24, 2016 at 5:14 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 8:19 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says hundreds of gallons of fuel spilled into the James River in the area of the Richmond Deep Water Terminal after a tanker truck crashed Tuesday.

The spill occurred when the truck overturned while making a turn from Commerce Road to Interstate 95, shutting down the road and ramps throughout much of the day.

The DEQ says the truck was carrying about 7,500 gallons of fuel. About 650 gallons were recovered from the tanker and 2,700 gallons were recovered from the road.

The remaining entered a storm drain along the road, which led to the James River at the terminal.

"A fuel sheen has been observed along the shoreline of the river for at least one-half mile, but most of the fuel is expected to evaporate today," the DEQ said Wednesday.

While some fuel has accumulated along the shore, the DEQ says "no immediate environmental or other effects have been observed."

The DEQ is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation, the city of Richmond and the U.S. Coast Guard on the cleanup.

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