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No one injured in Batavia fuel leak

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 6:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 23, 2013 8:44 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA - No one was injured Friday afternoon after a semi truck started leaking fuel on Douglas Road, west of Kirk Road.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 2:03 p.m., and had the incident under control at 3 p.m., according to a press release from the Batavia Fire Department.

Upon arrival, firefighters found that the drive shaft of the semi truck had broken apart, tearing off the fuel connections between the semi’s two saddle tanks, the release stated.

Firefighters used a plugging material they carry to stop the leaks while simultaneously, blocking the flow of the diesel fuel that was running down the incline and into the storm sewers, according to the release.

Firefighters were able to get ahead of the leaking fuel and stopped it before it made it to Mahoney Creek to the south, the release stated.Crews, with help from the Fermi and North Aurora fire departments, contained the fuel successfully and began cleanup efforts while a professional hazardous materials cleanup company was brought in to finish the cleanup, the release stated.

Their efforts prevented the fuel from contaminating the creek and the rest of the environment, the release stated.

The cause of the mechanical failure that led to the fuel leak is not known.

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