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Rollover crash lands propane tanker in Winooski River

Published: Jul. 20, 2020 at 11:54 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2020 at 12:18 PM EDT
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MARSHFIELD, Vt. (WCAX) - A tractor-trailer loaded with 12,500 gallons of propane crashed Monday morning, sending the tanker into the Winooski River.

Police say Travis Gault was driving on U.S. Route 2 when he lost control going around a curve and crashed Monday morning in Marshfield.

That separated the propane trailer and sent the trailer into the river.

A truck pulling a full-load of propane flipped on Route 2 in Marshfield Monday morning, sending...
A truck pulling a full-load of propane flipped on Route 2 in Marshfield Monday morning, sending its tanker trailer into the Winooski River.(WCAX)

Several agencies including the hazmat team, firefighters and Fish and Wildlife responded.

We’re told they quickly got the situation under control, with minimal effect on the environment.

Gault wasn’t hurt.

“That’s a good day nobody gets hurt. Very minor injuries to the driver. The tractor was on its side in the middle of the road right on the yellow line. He was very lucky,” Marshfield Fire Chief Will Schwar said.

Police say crews off-loaded the propane from the trailer Monday afternoon and the remaining fuel is being burned. They say the trailer will be removed from the river when first responders feel there is no longer a hazard.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and we’re told speed and/or defective equipment are in question.

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