Tanker-truck mishap spills fuel into stream

By danny restivo



A Canfield man was cited for failure to control after his tanker truck overturned and spilled more than 7,700 gallons of diesel fuel into a nearby stream Sunday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Robert Dyke, 43, of Canfield was driving west on state Route 5 east of the township when his truck overturned while rounding a curve at about 6 a.m.

Dyke was a driver for Ainsley Oil Co. of Cortland and was making deliveries for Marathon Oil at the time.

Carol Hester, an Ohio EPA spokewoman, said the fuel had seeped into a storm drain before entering the stream. She said the stream is a tributary to the West Branch Reservoir.

Hester said cleanup crews were working to ensure the fuel did not reach the 2,350-acre body of water 25 miles west of Youngstown.

“We’re trying to boom the spill before it gets to the reservoir,” she said. “These things can get kind of tricky.”

Hester said crews still were working to contain the spill Sunday evening.

She said Marathon already has hired a private company to assist with the cleanup.

Dyke was transported to Robinson Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

OHP said only 20 gallons of fuel remained in the fuel tank when emergency crews arrived.

Agencies assisting in the cleanup included OSHP, Portage County Emergency Management Agency, Ravenna Township Fire Department, Portage County Homeland Security, Portage County Sheriff’s Department, and Ohio Department of Transportation.

A spokesman with the Ravenna Township Fire Department said crews had worked to contain the spill before jurisdiction was turned over to the Ohio EPA.

State routes 5 and 59 reopened at 3 p.m. Sunday. Authorities reported no evacuations.

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