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August 23, 2013

Tractor spill causes Youngmann headache

Tonawanda News — After a morning of traffic tie-ups thanks to President Barack Obama’s motorcade rolling through town Thursday, commuters couldn’t catch a break on their way home, either.

A tractor-trailer was involved in an accident on I-290 eastbound near near the Colvin Avenue entrance when a vehicle struck the truck and punctured its 237-gallon diesel fuel tank, causing a massive spill that took hours to clean up.

The accident was reported about 4 p.m., just as rush hour traffic was picking up.

The tractor trailer remained marooned in the center median as Brighton Fire Co., a crew from the state Department of Transportation and John’s Towing responded to the scene to clean up the spilled fuel and drain what remained in the semi before it could be towed away.

Traffic was reduced to a single lane and traffic slowed to a crawl for the afternoon rush hour commute.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation and it was unclear whether anyone was injured as a result of the incident.

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