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For Immediate Release

Timber Cove Hazardous Materials Spill

Timber Cove, CA  –  August 16, 2017  –  Last night at 10:37 PM a tanker truck carrying gasoline and diesel rolled onto its side on Highway 1 near the Salt Point State Park entrance. Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team responded in coordination with Timber Cove Fire, North Sonoma Coast Fire, Santa Rosa Fire, CALFIRE, California Highway Patrol and CalTrans. The tanker truck was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuels.

The driver was not injured in the rollover accident. Approximately 1,500 gallons of fuel leaked from the ruptured tank. No waterways were impacted by this leak. Per protocol, the trucking company hired contractor to perform clean up and sent a truck to recover the remaining fuel.

Once on scene, Sonoma County’s Hazmat Team performed a stinger operation. A stinger operation punctures the overturned tank and transfers fuel to the awaiting recovery truck. Fire and HazMat crews remained on scene until the fuel transfer was complete and vehicle was removed.

A representative from Sonoma County HazMat and CalTrans will remain on scene as the contractor conducts clean up. This clean up includes removing contaminated surfaces and soils and repairing any damage done during the accident or clean up.

Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team is one of two teams in North Bay that have completed the rigorous typing process and received a CalOES Type 2 rating. The team is comprised of volunteers and paid county staff. The last tanker rollover the team responded to was in Bodega in 2016.

For additional information, please contact Emergency Coordinator Zachary Hamill, Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department: (707) 565-1152


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