CT State Police say rolled fuel tanker was owned by Springfield based Pride subsidiary

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New information on the aftermath of a fuel tanker spill that closed two I-91 ramps in Enfield for more than a week.

Connecticut environmental officials told 22News that the cleanup was completed over the weekend and testing showed that well water in the area was not contaminated.

Cars are once again able to get both on and off I-91 at Exit 49 South in Enfield Connecticut after more than a week of environmental cleanup at a cost of half a million dollars.

2,600 gallons of fuel spilled when a tanker truck rolled over on the south-bound off-ramp a week ago Monday.

“I was talking to one of the next door neighbors and he said that truck came around that turn at a very reasonable rate of speed and all of a sudden it just tipped right over,” said George Lundberg of Lundberg Insurance on Route 5.

As state police continue to look into the cause, residents just want assurances the fuel didn’t leach into their drinking water.
 
On Kalish Avenue in Enfield, a lot of the residents had to be evacuated temporarily. Health officials went door to door just as a precaution.

“I probably should be tested. I haven’t made any phone calls yet but I should just in case. I’m far enough down but I don’t why they didn’t contact me,” explained Debra Hobson of Enfield, CT.

According to Connecticut state police, the tanker truck was operated by Fleet Operations Inc. at 246 Cottage Street in Springfield. 246 Cottage Street is the headquarters for Pride. 22News went inside, but no one would speak to us and in a phone call to company President Robert Bolduc, he declined to comment.

A damaged cab was parked on the Cottage Street property next multiple fuel tankers. The Fleet Operations name could be seen on the side.

State environmental officials say they replaced the contaminated dirt with clean soil. The driver of the tanker went to the hospital but is expected to be okay.

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