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Lower Swatara Fire Department

Lower Swatara Fire Department
Hazmat Incident on PA-283 West
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By Assistant Chief Kevin Zimmerman
August 8, 2018

On 8-8-2018 at 03:30 hrs, Company 59 and Truck and Engine 88 were dispatched to the westbound local lane of PA Route 283 for a hazardous material incident. Chief 59, Rescue 59, and Engine 59 arrived to find a tractor trailer with severe damage to the passenger side of one of the trailers and fluids leaking
onto the road. Engine 88 arrived and staged at the exit for the Airport Connector, directing traffic off of PA-283 west. The truck involved in the incident was hauling paint, paint thinner, and canola oil. Crews identified the leaking liquid as being only the canola oil and began forming a dike to contain what was still leaking. The majority of the oil was spilled onto 283 for over a 1/2 mile from where a piece of construction equipment moving concrete barriers and the tractor trailer made contact. Because of the amount and length of the spill, Fire Police were requested from Companies 54 and 91 to close the westbound local lane beginning at N. Union Street. Multiple agencies were notified and responded to the scene to coordinate the clean-up effort. The westbound local lane of 283 remained closed for several hours while crews cleaned the roadway.

Units: Chief 59, Rescue 59, Engine 59
Mutual Aid: Engine 88, Utility 54, Traffic 91-1, Pennsylvania State Police, Life Lion EMS, Dauphin County Hazmat, PennDot, PADEP
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