Leaking substance temporarily closed Muncy Township service station

The Sunoco service station was closed for nearly five hours during the incident. PHIL HOLMES/Sun-Gazette

PENNSDALE – The leaking of an unknown substance from the back of a tractor-trailer closed the SUNOCO service station here for nearly five hours Wednesday morning, according to fire officials.

However, the business was re-opened after representatives from

a hazardous materials clean-up company arrived here from Bethlehem and determined the leaking substance was a non-hazardous product.

Pesticides and other chemicals were on the trailer, fire officials said.

The leak was discovered about 6:15 a.m after it was brought from Harrisburg to the service station, where another truck driver was going to take it on to Buffalo, New York, according to a truck driver for the North Carolina-based company, Old Dominion Freight Lines Inc.

He declined to give his name.

“I don’t loaded them or unload them (the trailers). I don’t touch them,” the trucker said when asked if he knew what the trailer was carrying.

He had a manifest that consisted of different shipments.

It actually is a double-trailer load, but the leak only involved the lead trailer that had the placard “DANGEROUS” on it.

There were no hazardous materials on the second trailer, officials said.

“There are 13 different products being shipped in the (leaking) trailer,” the trucker said.

“We didn’t know which of the products on the trailer was actually leaking,” a fire officer at the scene said.

As a precautionary measure, the entire service station – pumps and store – were closed until 10:30 a.m.

By that time, representatives from HEPACO Inc. had arrived and determined that the leak was from a five-gallon jug of prime oil, fire officials said.

A Pennsdale fire officer estimated that a half gallon to a gallon of the liquid had leaked out onto the ground.

Firefighters from Pennsdale and Montoursville responded to the incident /ph


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