Nearly 70 gallons of diesel fuel spill on I-80 |

Nearly 70 gallons of diesel fuel spill on I-80

Approximately 70 gallons of diesel fuel from a semi-truck spilled onto Interstate 80 west of the Hirschdale exit on Thursday morning.

A piece of metal was thought to have punctured the U.S. Food Service truck’s side fuel tank, spilling diesel onto the shoulder of the highway, said California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Skeen.

Caltrans, CHP, Truckee Fire Protection District, and H20 Environmental Incorporated responded to the diesel spill at 4:55 a.m. The fire department contained the fuel, according to a Nevada County Department of Environmental Health report.

No diesel spilled in the soil, drains, or waterways, and there is no threat to public health or the environment, said Janet Mann with the Nevada County Department of Environmental Health.

The cleanup took roughly three hours, Mann said.

Traffic on Highway 80 was not affected and there were no lane closures while the spill was mopped up.

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