The Burbank Fire Department responded to a reported motorcycle down at the intersection of Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. near the railroad tracks on Tuesday evening, February 25. When they arrived on scene, the motorcyclist righted the bike and fled the scene.
The Firefighters from Engine 13 discovered a trail of spilled diesel fuel on San Fernando Blvd. running all the way to Glenoaks Blvd., where they found a semi truck parked north of the intersection with diesel fuel spilling from the right saddle tank. Firefighters attempted to plug the leak with a redwood plug but the leak’s location prohibited use of the plug.
Firefighters requested Burbank’s Haz Mat 12 to assist with absorbent and parts to seal the leaking fuel. Quick thinking and several different materials and attempts took some time but the firefighters were able to stop the leak. About only 20 gallons of fuel was able to be recovered. Burbank Public Service was called out with a dump truck of sand to cover the remaining fuel on the ground.
The California Highway Patrol responded to take a report, as the incident occurred on the freeway. Officers discovered several gallons of spilled diesel on the freeway, requiring CHP to request CalTrans for a cleanup.
The street in the area of the fuel spill may be very slippery over the next couple of days, especially with the impending rain.
The Burbank Police Department assisted with traffic direction around the spilled fuel while the trucks were on Glenoaks Blvd.
No further information is available on the fallen motorcycle on the freeway, the incident with the semi truck or how the motorcycle was removed from Buena Vista St. and San Fernando Blvd. at this time.