Truck Dumps 1,700 Gallons Of Oil

By Lenny Roberts

Seven drums,  each carrying 300 to 400 gallons of diesel fuel, spilled from a large truck on Highway 33 at mile marker 40.84 before dawn Friday morning after the truck ran off the highway. According to reports, 1,000 gallons spilled into Adobe Creek and 700 gallons spilled into the soil near the creek. California Department of Fish and Game crews were dispatched to the scene, along with Ventura County HAZMAT teams. More information will be posted here as it is learned. UPDATE 02-02-09: According to The Governor's Office of Emergency Services most recent report, the driver of the truck fled the scene after the accident. The truck had not been registered for several years and the CHP was unable to find the owner of the truck or the driver. Based on that, the US Forest Service, in consultation with USEPA, has opened the federal oil spill pollution clean up fund to pay for the clean up of Adobe Creek.  To read the Governor's Office of Emergency Services report, click here.

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