Tanker truck crash spills gasoline in Bellevue
Sunday, November 27, 2011
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) -- A cleanup contractor is trying to mop up 3,500 gallons of gasoline that spilled when a tanker truck overturned after a collision on Interstate 405 in Bellevue.
The state Ecology Department says some of the gasoline reached Lake Washington.
The Bellevue Fire Department says the tanker held a total of about 7,000 gallons of gas. There was no fire.
The Washington State Patrol says the crash just before 10 p.m. Sunday was caused when a car went out of control and struck the tanker truck, causing it to overturn. The driver of the car was taken to a Bellevue hospital. The truck driver was not injured.
The northbound lanes of I-405 were closed for nearly five hours, reopening about 3 a.m. Monday.
The trucking company hired the cleanup contractor.