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DEC: An estimated 5,000 gallons of asphalt emulsion spilled into East Branch of the Mohawk River following tank truck wreck in West Leyden

Published on September 21, 2023

West Leyden Tanker Spill September 2023

WEST LEYDEN- An estimated 5,000 gallons of asphalt emulsion managed to spill into the East Branch of Mohawk River immediately in the wake of Tuesday’s tank truck wreck.

This update is according to a provided statement from the New York State DEC. “There are no anticipated impacts to public drinking water supplies,” the statement emphasized.

“A fish kill was reported downstream following the incident. Cleanup is underway and DEC's investigation is ongoing, including a full evaluation of potential environmental impacts.”

The accident occurred Tuesday afternoon, near the intersection of State Route 26 and Osceola Road, next to the bridge that carries East Branch of Mohawk River.

DEC Spill Response Team was on scene Wednesday morning, along with other work crews cleaning up a few remains.

We still have no word on the truck driver, or any other details that suggest how this accident may have unfolded.

We will update again if anything new surfaces.

Image by Brian Trainor.

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