Rollover shuts down traffic on Route 62

Special to the OBSERVER

KIANTONE – A tanker carrying 7,600 gallons of diesel fuel overturned early Monday morning, shutting down traffic on Route 62 for more than 12 hours and sending its driver to the hospital.

The Kiantone Indepen-dent Fire Department was summoned at 6:26 a.m. after a United Refining tractor trailer lost control on the shoulder of the road and veered into a ravine. The rollover took place between Kiantone Road and Route 60. The driver, William D. Fisher, 46, of Erie, Pa., was transported to WCA Hospital for minor lacerations and neck and back pain.

The tanker truck was on its way from Warren, Pa., to Fredonia when the accident occurred, police said.

The Chautauqua County HAZMAT team responded, as did firefighters from Frewsburg, Falconer, Ellery Center and Russell, Pa. State Police out of the Jamestown barracks and members of the United Refining spill response team also responded. Fire officials said fewer than 100 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the overturned tanker.

“We shut down the road and we got the scene secured as fast as we could,” said Steve Reale, Kiantone fire chief.

A second tanker was brought to the scene to transfer the diesel fuel.

Also at the scene Monday was the county’s new Emergency Services Mobile Command truck, which just recently was put into service. According to Dan Imfeld, Chautauqua County deputy fire coordinator for HAZMAT, the new truck was primarily used at the accident for training purposes.

“On an incident like this we normally wouldn’t use it,” Imfeld said. “But it’s a brand new vehicle, so we’re really kind of using it today for training.”

Imfeld said the command truck was used to set up incident command and create a center of communication between fire officials, State Police and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“We had to take a look at the area because we had to do a major detour,” Imfeld said. “So we set up the fire police with it and got them on each side (of the accident).”

Due to the fuel leak, the DEC responded to the accident. No significant risk, however, was found for the land or community. “Everything was checked out, and there ended up being no danger to the area,” Imfeld said.

No charges were filed against Fisher, the State Police said in a news release. The investigation is ongoing.