A BlueCrest Energy crude oil truck near Anchor Point spilled about 900 gallons of oil in Happy Valley on Tuesday morning in a head-on collision that injured three people.
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation officials said the leak did not reach any nearby wetlands or immediately impact nearby wildlife. They said the site had since been blocked and a team was removing the affected soil for decontamination.
The Carlile Transportation Systems truck was on a routine northbound trip on the Sterling Freeway from BlueCrest with 12,500 gallons of crude oil split between two tanks, said Jade Gamble of the Prevention and Response Division. spill.
It collided with a southbound Ford F-150 pickup truck at mile 142 shortly after 7 a.m., according to the Alaska State Troopers. The soldiers said the pickup struck the tanker at an angle on the passenger side.
One of the two tanks ruptured and leaked. Crews detonated the oil to prevent it from spilling and pulled the trucks from the site. Gamble said they are continuing to dig to remove contaminated soil from the area.
Pickup driver Yvette Lemaster, 57, from Anchorage, was seriously injured and was airlifted to Providence Hospital in Anchorage. His passenger and Carlile truck driver Aaron Miller, 47, of Homer, sustained minor injuries and were taken to Southern Peninsula Hospital, soldiers said.
The soldiers said they were still investigating the cause of the crash.