Hundreds of homes in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania were evacuated today after an oil tanker crashed, leaking 6,000 gallons of fuel.
The crash happened at 2:08 a.m., according to the Bethlehem Police Department.
According to WFMZ-TV, an independent TV station in Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 400 residences within 1,000 feet of the accident were evacuated, with their occupants being evacuated to nearby Nitschmann Middle School.
“I heard them say ‘evacuate immediately’ and I thought that was ridiculous, I’m not going to evacuate in this quiet area. And then they were serious. I heard [it] about three or four times and I think maybe I’ll put my clothes on. Maybe I’m going somewhere,” evacuee Fran Groves told KYW-TV, a Philadelphia CBS affiliate.
While some homes were safe to return from 10 a.m., clearing the area is expected to take all day, according to WFMZ-TV.
The main concern was that spilled fuel could ignite or give off toxic fumes. Concerns about fuel leaking into nearby Monocacy Creek proved to be unfounded.
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The driver of the crashed tanker was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.