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Maine Officials Continue Cleanup of Spilled Fuel

| June 12, 2014

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GORHAM, Maine (AP) – Maine officials are working to clean up thousands of gallons of fuel that were spilled after a truck crashed in Gorham.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is helping the Maine Department of Transportation and Gorham Public Works in the cleanup effort on Thursday.

A tractor-trailer spilled most of its 9,500 gallons of diesel and kerosene onto the ground and nearby wetlands after it crashed and landed in a ditch on Wednesday.

Jessamine Logan, a spokeswoman for the environmental department, tells the Portland Press Herald that about 6,500 gallons were recovered Wednesday. The department says it’s focusing on containing the fuel Thursday before it rains.

Logan says officials are checking wells for drinking water contamination. She says the cleanup effort could take several days.

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