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Truck rollover finds milk fortifying field

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Truck rollover finds milk fortifying field
Alvord Street shut down Monday, Tuesday for cleanup

By Kristin Will
Staff Writer,

SOUTH HADLEY – Although it didn’t have them crying, a tractor trailer truck which rolled over Monday morning spilling milk in the roadway left officials with quite the mess to clean.
An 18-wheel Harris Milk tractor trailer truck flipped on its side on Alvord Street just past Brunelle’s Marina before McCray’s Farm after the driver, traveling south bound, failed to negotiate the turn. The Belchertown company’s truck skidded to the side of the road at 10:56 a.m. on that rainy Monday morning. It landed on its right side, crushing a fence surrounding a field and spilling its contents.
South Hadley Police Officer Jeff Goulet, Sgt. Bob Whelihan and Detective McClair Mailhott responded to the accident. Both South Hadley fire districts 1 and 2 were on scene to assist.
Although it was not completely full of dairy, some milk did leak out of the tractor trailer truck, in addition to a large amount of engine oil, said South Hadley Police Lt. Steven Parentela. Fortunately, the fuel tanks did not rupture, which was a concern, said South Hadley Fire District 1 Chief Robert Authier.
“When we arrived, we had engine fluid leaking down toward the river, not helped by the rain,” he said.
Crews were able to contain the spilled milk and prevent it from flowing into the Connecticut River, which would have caused a problem for the marine life in the river. Unfortunately, some the same could not be said for the engine oil, especially “with the rain diluting it,” said Authier.
Emergency crews received help from Luke Brunelle, of Brunelle’s Marina, in setting up a hard buoy to protect the river water from any additional runoff.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) was called to the scene to inspect. The Massachusetts State Police Truck Team arrived on scene to investigate the accident. The South Hadley Conservation Commission was notified, as was the State Health Department, which also responded to the scene. The Granby Fire Department assisted the South Hadley departments with absorbent materials. Tools such as absorbent paper and “pigs” – absorbent devices used to contain liquid in one place – were laid down, as well as sand from the South Hadley Department of Public Works. Private companies were hired to remove and dispose of the absorbent instruments.
Alvord Street remained closed for the rest of Monday and again Tuesday while the cleanup effort continued.
The driver of the Harris Milk tractor trailer truck, a 42-year-old Belchertown man, was cited for speeding. He was transported to Holyoke Medical Center for minor, non life-threatening injuries.


Oil spill shuts down Lyman Street

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Tractor trailer truck jackknifes, spills 80 gallons of fuel
By Kristin Will
Staff Writer,

SOUTH HADLEY – Eighty gallons of oil were spilled on Lyman Street near the entrance to the Big Y plaza early Monday morning after a Cumberland Farms tractor-trailer truck jackknifed due to the icy road conditions.
The truck, driven by a 47-year-old male from Taunton, hit an ice patch while traveling northbound on the street at 6:53 a.m. When the driver put on the brakes, the back end of the truck jackknifed on the ice. As the back end of the truck did this, it crushed and pierced the driver side fuel tank.
Eighty gallons of diesel fuel seeped into the road before the leaking liquid could be contained.
South Hadley Police and Fire District 1 responded, along with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection [MassDEP] and two cleanup crews.
Unfortunately, the oil leaked into a nearby catch basin, which is part of an unnamed feeder brook that eventually feeds into Buttery Brook. “With the rain, it was so hard to control it,” said Mass DEP Environmental Engineer John S. Bourcier.
According to Cathy Skiba, MassDEP regional spokesperson, a vacuum truck was used to recover the spilled fuel from the catch basin. Absorbent pads were put into the brook to “capture any residual that may have escaped,” she said.
On the roadway, clean-up crews laid down “deep water” and “sausage” booms in an effort to contain and absorb the spilled fuel in the roadway.
Approximately 50 gallons of the spilled diesel fuel were recovered. Booms from the road have since been removed, but those in the brook have been left in place. Skiba said MassDEP will follow up in the future to make sure there is no residual diesel fuel left in the brook.
The driver of the Cumberland Farms tractor-trailer truck was not hurt, however, his 23-year-old male passenger from Providence, RI, had to be transported to Holyoke Medical Center for minor injuries he sustained during the accident.
Additionally, a second accident occurred as a result of the tractor-trailer truck jackknifing. A vehicle driving behind the truck saw it losing control on the icy street and skidded off the road as a result. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured.