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Overturned tanker spills 50 gallons of crude in Valencia

Rye Canyon Road closed in area of Valencia Industrial Center

Posted: January 19, 2014 11:12 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2014 11:12 a.m.

A fire crew works to stop a crude oil leak after a tanker trailer overturned, spilling an estimated 50 gallons onto Rye Canyon Road on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Stanley Elrich.

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SANTA CLARITA - A tanker-trailer hauling crude oil flipped and spilled 50 gallons at the intersection of The Old Road and Rye Canyon Road in Valencia on Sunday, prompting a shutdown of the intersection and re-routing of traffic.

No one, including the truck driver, was injured in the crash, and none of the spilled oil found its way into the sewer system or nearby creek, said county Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Larriva.

“About 50 gallons of petroleum crude spilled from the rear trailer when the truck overturned,” he said.

The California Highway Patrol received reports that the rear trailer of a big rig flipped near the intersection shortly before 7:30 a.m. That prompted an immediate call to the Los Angeles County Fire Department Hazardous Material Unit specializing in cleanups.

The CHP shut down Rye Canyon Road between The Old Road and Avenue Stanford and reported to Haz Mat that the crude was spilling onto Rye Canyon.

“We diked and contained the spilled crude,” Larriva said.

Once the spill was contained, firefighters began the sensitive work of transferring crude oil from the flipped trailer into a replacement tanker called to the scene, he said.

“We had to tap into the rear tank,” Larriva said, noting that vapors from the transferred fuel are not as volatile as those from gasoline sold at the pumps.

“It has a high flash point,” he said. “It’s not as volatile as gasoline.”

Since the spilled oil was promptly contained and prevented from leaking into the sewer system or creek, “no outside agencies had to be informed,” Larriva said, referring to state and federal environmental regulatory agencies.
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