Tanker’s Drive Shaft Fails Leading To “Rare” Diesel Spill
Boise, Idaho – A trucker is counting his lucky stars after an incident that left 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel spewing out onto an Idaho interstate on Monday morning along I-84.
Richard Dyer, a 55-year old trucker from American Falls, was driving a 2014 Kenworth westbound on I-84 near the Flying Wye interchange in Boise when the semi’s drive shaft broke and caused the fuel tank to rupture around 7 a.m.
Dyer safely brought the semi to a rest on the shoulder near mile marker 49 with no further incident.
Idaho State Police responded to the scene and quickly began clean-up efforts.
WB I 84 at Maple Grove responders attempt to contain diesel from punctured cargo tank. pic.twitter.com/GlAQBNgl3w
— Idaho State Police (@ISPCVS) June 24, 2019
It took about five hours to contain the spill, which closed all but the left-most lanes and blocked the onramps at Milwaukee Street. All lanes were reopened around 12:30 p.m.
“It’s very rare we have a spill this large,” Char Jackson, spokesperson for the Boise Fire Department, told the Idaho Press.
“That’s just because there is so much safety equipment on these trucks,” she concluded.
The trucking company Dyer drives for, Burley, Idaho-based Road King Express, hired a contractor to assist the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality finish with cleanup.
Due to quick thinking and smart maneuvering by the trucker, nobody was hurt from the initial spill. However, a motorist crashed into an ISP patrol vehicle, which was on the scene.
The trooper inside the vehicle was unharmed, but the person driving the vehicle was taken to the hospital. An ISP spokesperson was not sure on the extent of the driver’s injuries.
VIDEO from the scene below courtesy of KTVB/YouTube.