Intersection Returns to Normal After Diesel Fuel Spill Closes Area Roads

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Burbank Fire Fighters & Haz-mat Crews work with trucking company to recover some of the spilled diesel & bio diesel fuel. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

An early morning diesel spill on Alameda Avenue & Buena Vista on Wednesday caused havoc to morning commuters as Burbank Police found it necessary to close westbound Alameda at Buena Vista.

Burbank Fire Fighters and Haz-mat Crews work with trucking company to recover some of the spilled diesel & bio diesel fuel. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A truck carrying Diesel fuel & Bio Diesel fuel was westbound on the 134 fwy heading to Los Angeles City Fire Station 89, located on Lankershim Blvd., when he discovered he had a malfunction and was leaking part of his load and decided to pull over on Alameda just west of Buena Vista.

The transport tanker lost about 40 gallons of fuel and Burbank Fire Department, including the Burbank Hazmat, responded. They discovered some of the fuel oil had gotten into the sewer system.

The leak was plugged and some fluid drained into a wadding pool the fire department hazmat had set up. Fearing the fuel would might go into the LA River, Burbank Hazmat contacted Los Angeles County Health Hazmat who responded to assist in the cleanup and monitor the process. It was discovered that the sewer had leaves and mud in it, and the fuel did not travel into the river.

Clean up took several hours and the street was reopened around 2:00 PM. There were no injuries to anyone involved and an unknown amount was spent in the recovery of the spill.