Tanker spills diesel on Peoria intersection after crash

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Jill Galus

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 13 at 11:46 AM

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- A two-vehicle accident sparked a hazardous-materials situation when diesel fuel leaked all over a Peoria intersection Thursday morning.

It happened at about 4 a.m. at 107th Avenue and Union Hills Drive.

According Amanda Jacinto, the Peoria Police Department spokeswoman, a minivan collided with a fuel tanker. Neither one of the drivers was injured, but the semi's gas tank was punctured in the crash.

About 55 gallons of diesel, a little more than half of the tanker's capacity, spilled, forcing police to close the intersection.

Emergency crews were able to clean up and seal the spill so that the intersection could be reopened, but more work will need to be done.

Diesel is a solvent, which means it will eventually dissolve the asphalt. Because of that, the affected section of the roadway will have to be ripped out and replaced.

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