A semi was involved in a car crash Thrusday, and the semi s fuel tanks ruptured, with diesel leaking into Echo Creek. (Courtesy of North Summit Fire
A semi was involved in a car crash Thrusday, and the semi s fuel tanks ruptured, with diesel leaking into Echo Creek. (Courtesy of North Summit Fire District)

A traffic crash Thursday afternoon resulted in 30 gallons of diesel being spilled into Echo Creek, the North Summit Fire District said.

Crews from North Summit Fire and EMS were dispatched to a reported collision at 5:15 p.m. on I-80 westbound at mile marker 176, said Tyler Rowser, public information officer for North Summit Fire.

First responders found that a semi and an SUV pulling a camp trailer, both headed west, had crashed, Rowser said. The semi's fuel tanks ruptured, and the diesel was leaking into Echo Creek.

A North Summit Fire hazmat team arrived to assist in stopping the leak and preventing any more run-off into the creek, Rowser said. They placed six booms -- one of them 6 miles down the stream -- into the creek to help stop the fuel from making its way to the Weber River.

EMS crews checked three people involved in the crash, and all were released at the scene, Rowser said.

Crews from the Summit County Health Department were on scene and coordinating the clean-up efforts.

Rowser said it is estimated that 70 gallons of diesel leaked from the truck, with 30 going into Echo Creek. People downstream are urged to contact the Summit County Health Department at 435-336-1500 if they see any oily sheen in the water or any other contamination.

--David Burger



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