Crews Rush to Stop Diesel Play After Truck Drives Off with Nozzle


A fuel game in Donovan's Industrial Park last evening caused some tense moments for attending personnel.

Shortly after 8:00 am, diesel fuel was reported at the 24-hour pumps at Irving on Clyde Avenue. Acting Platoon Chief Barry Burke, or St. John's Regional, stated that it appeared a vehicle was being fueled, when its operator drove away with the nozzle still in the tank. The hose broke, causing diesel fuel to continue pouring onto the ground until the pump could be shut down.

It was unclear at the time exactly how many liters of diesel fuel had been spilled, and there was concern of fuel making its way into a nearby storm drain. Workers laid down absorbent, and positioned to drain the drain in an attempt to stop the further spread of the fuel.

Crews from the fire department, the RNC, the city of Mount Pearl, and the province converged on the scene as workers attempted to track down the driver who had last been at that pump.

Clyde Avenue was closed in the area for roughly half an hour.

Pictures by Earl Noble

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