Crews clean up small diesel spill in Grand Rapids

GRFD: Truck's fuel tank damaged after it hit fire hydrant

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Emergency responders on the scene of a small diesel fuel spill on Michigan Street NW in Grand Rapids. (Sept. 19, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Crews worked Monday to prevent a little bit of diesel fuel from making into the Grand River after a small spill in Grand Rapids.

The spill happened along Michigan Street near Scribner Avenue NW, across from the River House at Bridgewater Place. Grand Rapids Fire Department Battalion Chief Bart Perry said a passerby reported it around 2:30 p.m.

Perry said it appears a truck cut the corner close while entering a parking lot on the south side of the road and hit a fire hydrant. That damaged the truck’s fuel tank and caused the diesel spill.

Firefighters responded and set up dikes to contain the fuel. However, some appears to have made it into the storm water sewer system.

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Emergency responders on the scene of a small diesel fuel spill on Michigan Street NW in Grand Rapids. (Sept. 19, 2016)

GRFD and the city Environmental Services worked to try to keep that fuel out of the river. A vacuum truck was called in to clear out the sewer system. Crews also soaked up any fuel remaining on the curb.

Only a very small amount of fuel, if any at all, may make it into the river. However, GRFD tries to never allow anything to get in the river.

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