Fuel tanker crash

A fuel tanker is overturned next to the Parks Highway at Mile 271.4 this morning. At least 2,000 gallons of fuel spilled. Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

FAIRBANKS—A fuel tanker crashed on the Parks Highway early Tuesday morning, spilling at least 2,000 gallons of aviation fuel and temporarily closing one lane of the highway.

The accident occurred at 2:30 a.m. at Mile 271.4, just north of Healy.

The driver, Robert Myers Jr., 31, of Fairbanks, lost control of the of the Big State Logistics truck, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

The truck went off the road and rolled. The truck was also pulling a second, smaller, fuel trailer, but the trailer remained upright.

Myers, who was uninjured, was issued a citation for negligent driving.

The crash spilled about 2,000 gallons of JP-8 aviation fuel into a ditch. The spilled fuel wasn't moving toward a culvert in the area, and there were no reports of wildlife affected by the spill, according to a Tuesday afternoon situation report from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. A Big State Logistics response vehicle and DEC staff responded to the spill.

The afternoon DEC report indicated that crews pumped approximately 250 gallons of fuel from the ditch and that an estimated 1,800 gallons of fuel remained in the compromised tanker compartment, and 5,800 gallons in the middle and rear compartments of the main tank.

Big State has ordered an excavating crew to remove contaminated soils from the ditch.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.

Correction:  This article has been changed to reflect the following correction.

Wednesday's article "fuel tanker spills 2,000 gallons in Parks Highway crash" incorrectly identified the type of fuel spilled. An updated report on the crash identified the fuel as JP-8 aviation fuel.