Thruway accident causes a fuel leak
WESTFIELD – Two tractor-trailers were in-volved in an accident that occurred Wednesday afternoon on New York State Thruway I-90 near the town of Westfield.
Buffalo State Police Sergeant Christopher En-ders said Wednesday night there were no injuries, only property damage.
“The first vehicle reported being distracted by their GPS and struck the second vehicle, which was parked off the shoulder due to an over-sized load,” he said. “Two things caused the accident – the unsafe load and the distracted driver.”
Enders added the first vehicle traveled into the embankment and off the road on the eastbound side of I-90.
“Both vehicles were international commercial trucks. Vehicle one was from Michigan and vehicle two was from Indiana,” he said.
Hazmat was on scene as 50 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled.
“We see a lot of these types of spills,” Enders said. “These are average spills. The fuel did not go into any creeks or get into anyone’s water supply.”
Enders added their main focus is safety and then the environment.
“We have to make sure everyone is safe,” he said. “When there is a spill we make sure there is no explosions or fires that occur.”