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Fuel tanker leak near Buffalo Airport

Spill caused when truck slid near Genesee and Holtz

March 16, 2018 - 6:26 am

Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WBEN) - Around 6am, a fuel tanker truck slid and struck a fence near the end of the runway at Genesee and Holtz Road. 

The NFTA telling WBEN the Prior Aviation tanker spilled jet fuel into the sewer system at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The cold weather meant for very little fire risk, and a containment system is believed to have capuired most of the fuel, officials said.

Portions of Genesee Street and Holtz Road were closed for a time - but have since re-opened.

The tanker- which was operated by Prior Aviation as part of their refueling contract for all of the planes at the airport -  had apporx. 4,000 gallons of fuel on it when it slid off the roadway between the airport perimeter fence and the crosswind runway.

"The intial fire dfepartment response was to make sure the driver was OK and that there were no injuries. We then started dikeing around the storm sewer drain," said Airport Fire Chief Bill Major ,

 The truck had 4,800 gallons of fuel, and Major says about 2,00 gallons went into the airport's storm water runoff system, and was either captured in sand or contained there.

City of Buffalo crews aided with clean-up attempts and cleared the scene around 7:30am - at which time the situation was called "under control." Fuel which remains in the truck was pumped off into another Prior vehicle.

AUDIO: Dave Debo

The accident is under investigation but officials do not believe anything other than the weather was to blame.

AUDIO:  NFTA Press Briefing

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