The Bethlehem Fire Department was dispatched by Northampton County 911 to the area near the intersection of West Third Street and the ramp to Route 378 to inspect a tanker truck around 10:38 a.m. Sept. 13. On the first unit’s arrival, it was determined there was a tear in the trailer that was leaking diesel fuel. It is estimated that approximately 250 gallons of fuel was released.
Units from the Bethlehem Fire Department, Bethlehem Police Department, Bethlehem EMS, Bethlehem Hazmat and Bethlehem Public Works are on scene with the assistance of the Lehigh County Hazmat Team, Northampton County EMA and representatives from the carrier’s contracted environmental cleanup company, JNJ Environmental.
Leaking fuel did enter a nearby storm drain. Bethlehem Fire was able to deploy booms and absorbent pads to keep product from entering the Lehigh River.
Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection provided assistance and direction.