Harwich Fire Department Statement on Gasoline Tanker Rollover

Approximately 4,000 gallons of fuel spilled on Sisson Road...
Harwich Fire Dept. photo of the tanker that spilled fuel on Sisson Road this morning and disrupted life in the area for the entire day.

From the Harwich Fire Department (verbatim):

The Harwich Fire Department responded to a reported tanker rollover with a fuel spill at approximately 03:50hrs this morning. The incident required the closing of Sisson Road from Route 28 to Gilbert Lane until approximately 20:00hrs. No one was injured in the accident or clean-up operation. Approximately 4000 gallons of gasoline was spilled


At 0350 this morning The Harwich Fire Department received a call for a fuel spill involving a tractor trailer fuel tanker. The first arriving companies found a tanker rollover directly in front of Shaw’s Supermarket on Sisson Road with an obvious and serious leak of gasoline. An immediate call for additional resources, a Hazmat Team activation and for the power company was made. The driver of the truck was evaluated and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

All in all more than 90 responders from over 20 different local, county, state and federal agencies took part in the on scene control and mitigation of the spill. The truck was reportedly carrying 11,500 gallons of fuel. At the time of this release it was estimated that 8000 gallons of gasoline was recovered directly from the truck and another 2000 gallons recovered from various catch basins and the tidal marsh the storm drains emptied in to. Additionally while units were committed to the incident, station coverage was provided by Yarmouth and Chatham.

Power to more than 200 properties was impacted until early this evening and area businesses were forced to close for the day. Sisson Road remains closed but is expected to be opened tonight.

Possible impact to the water supply and environmental contamination to the nearby marsh were being monitored closely by the Harwich Water Department and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The cleanup will continue for quite some time and is being managed by Edge Environmental, a licensed site professional contracted by the owner of the fuel truck.

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