Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Monroe and Godwin.
At least 30 gallons of diesel fuel slipped into a storm drain near the intersection of Monroe and Godwin Avenue late Tuesday morning before officials soaked it up. Ridgewood Fire Department Lt. John Albano said a dump truck belonging to contractor Lotona & Son suffered a puncture to its driver side fuel tank at about 11:30 a.m. Firefighters responded four minutes later, he said, and workers extracted 30 gallons of fuel from the storm drain with a large suction pump. It's unclear exactly how much fuel entered into the storm drain system or why the puncture occurred. Responders said the fuel traveled south to Spencer Pl. Absorbant cotton pads and Speedy Dry were used to soak the fuel, Albano said. The fuel spill will not impact the drinking …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Police found a large swath of oil and hydraulic fluid in Ridgewood Tuesday morning, prompting the response of the county HazMat unit.
Ridgewood police, fire and the county HazMat unit converged onto Walnut and Dayton streets Tuesday morning to contain what appear to be two separate fuel spills. According to police, a vehicle was found to have discharged a significant amount of oil on Union St. as it passed through Walnut and Dayton streets toward the church on Hope Street. A ruptured fuel pump is believed to be the cause of that spill. Separately, according to police, there was a discharge of what appeared to be hydraulic fluid from a vehicle. Speedy Dry contained the spills before it reached the storm drains, police said. The intersection has since been reopened for traffic. Police first noticed the spill as they were on shift for a traffic detail.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
One woman injured, one lane shut down on E. Ridgewood Ave. Wednesday around noon
A fuel tanker pumping diesel into the tanks of the Warner Theater on East Ridgewood Avenue left a fuel spill onto Ridgewood's main shopping street Wednesday afternoon. When pulling out from the tank, the truck's relief valve came loose, according to Ridgewood Fire Chief Jim Van Goor. The truck traveled to the intersection of E. Ridgewood and S. Maple Ave., when the driver realized he had been discharging fuel for about 100 yards. The driver, Van Goor said, estimated about 25 gallons of diesel were discharged onto the streets. The fuel spill caused one injury, according to Ridgewood Police Sgt. Brian Pullman. One woman slipped on the fuel and sustained a minor injury to her rear end, Pullman said. She refused medical attention. Traffic …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Bucket loader's fuel tank spilled 25-30 gallons of fuel but an alert operator and a vegetable saved the day
A bucket loader truck clearing storm debris on the East Side suffered a rip in its fuel tank, spilling gallons upon gallons of fuel Friday morning. What saved the day was an alert operator and a hot potato – literally. According to Ridgewood Fire Department Cpt. Robert Kozielski, at about 8:30 a.m. a village bucket loader's fuel line ripped off the tank on Laurel Road near South Van Dien Ave. He reported 25-30 gallons of fuel spilled out of the torn tank but a village worker wisely parked the vehicle on a large pile of leaves, absorbing the fuel that otherwise would have seeped into the storm drain. Responders then used an unorthodoxed method to fixing the problem. "We used a potato on the nipple of the fuel tank as a plug," Kozielski …